Four members of the Valparaiso women's bowling team earned Honorable Mention All-Academic recognition from the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for the 2014-15 campaign, as the association announced its honorees this week. The Crusaders have had at least three bowlers honored each year of the program’s existence.
Games against Notre Dame and Northwestern, as well as a nine-game home slate at Brown Field, highlight the Valparaiso women’s soccer program’s 2015 schedule, as announced today by head coach John Marovich. The Crusaders enter 2015 coming off of the best season in program history (14-2-4) and looking to defend their Horizon League championship.
The results are in from the quarterfinal round of voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-15 bracket, and with nearly 700 votes, Crusader fans have spoken. The final four includes two Horizon League title wins, a program first and an entry into the NCAA record books. Voting is open now as the field gets narrowed down to just two!
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 119 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2015 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.
The Valpo men's tennis team cracked the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)'s Midwest Regional Top 10 for the first time in program history. On an individual level, junior Jeffrey Schorsch earned a #18 ranking amongst singles players in the Midwest, also a program first. Schorsch and Emhardt continue play in the US Open qualifier as part of a busy summer.
15 Valparaiso student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. Men’s outdoor track and field had five athletes honored, while baseball, men’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field each had three selections to go with one from men’s tennis.
Valparaiso University junior goalkeeper Nico Campbell and sophomore midfielder Ramone Howell returned Monday, June 15 to their home island nation to join the Jamaican u23 national team in preparation for the next round of Caribbean Zone qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Like any good bracket, the first round of the Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-2015 bracket featured some tight battles and some potentially surprising victors. With nearly 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!
Former football standout and Valparaiso Hall of Fame member Garry Puetz ('72) has once again graced the National Football Foundation's (NFF) ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Puetz is one of two former Valpo football players to earn a Super Bowl ring (1982).
The Chicago White Sox selected junior right-handed pitcher Drew Hasler in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The selection represents the sixth draft pick in the last six years for Valpo and the 21st in school history.
First-round matchups are now open for voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2014-2015 school year! Click into the story to see descriptions of all 16 nominees and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote and help narrow the top moments, performances and plays of the past year from 16 down to 1.
The ink has at last dried on the final Letters of Agreement (LoA) for Dave Cecchini and his coaching staff. The latest recruiting class touts 53 players from 14 different states. "It is a big class numerically, but we are also thrilled with the quality of the class. I expect a lot of these young men to make an immediate impact on the gridiron for us this fall," Cecchini said.
The Crusader Fund, in conjunction with Valpo Athletics and Alumni Relations, invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Crusader Fund Coaches Classic June 19-20, 2015.
One of the most accomplished throwers in the history of the Valparaiso University women’s track and field program, senior Sarah Drozdowski finished her collegiate career on Saturday in her best event, placing 22nd in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla.
Valpo men's tennis head coach Jim Daugherty announced today that Michael Woodson has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. Since Woodson joined the coaching staff prior to the 2012-13 season, the Crusaders have gone 51-28.
Valparaiso University men’s track and field senior Jeremy Getz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) closed out a great career competing for the Crusaders at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, unleashing a toss of 191’10” (58.47m) in his second of three efforts at the javelin throw.
The Valparaiso University athletic department posted its highest finish in the Horizon League’s McCafferty Trophy standings since the Crusaders joined the league in 2007, placing fourth as the league announced the final 2014-15 standings on Thursday. Valpo finished third in the race for the men’s sports title as well.
Chad Kissell took home the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Singles Championship this past weekend. TennisRecruiting.net currently ranks Kissell 63rd nationally following a 25-0 season at Latrobe High School. Kissell and Brian Pecyna will begin their collegiate careers with the Brown and Gold this fall.
Spots are still available in the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team’s three basketball camps this summer, for youths of all ages and skill levels. The Valpo Mini Camp and Valpo Basketball School will run June 22-25, while the Valpo Basketball Academy will take place July 27-31.
Junior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team on Saturday. The left-hander tossed a 141-pitch shutout of Youngstown State in Valpo's 8-0 victory in the opening game of the Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday. Lundeen finished 2015 with a 3.75 earned run average and five wins for the third consecutive season.
Valpo and Milwaukee entered the fifth inning tied 2-2, but the Panther offense erupted for a dozen runs in three frames as part of a 14-2 win over the Brown and Gold. Seniors Spencer Mahoney and Mark Johnson both went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Mahoney set the school record for career walks in the second inning with a five-pitch free pass.
The Valparaiso Crusaders plated four runs in the latter innings of Thursday morning's contest against UIC, but it wasn't enough as the Flames hung on for an 8-5 win over the Brown and Gold at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana. Valpo will face Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. CT in a win-or-go-home contest.
The record setting and far-throwing senior duo of Jeremy Getz and Sarah Drozdowski will represent the Valparaiso track and field teams at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville on May 28-30.
On the back of their ace Dalton Lundeen, the Crusaders recorded an 8-0 win over Youngstown State in the opening game of the Horizon League Championship Wednesday afternoon at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana. The junior scattered seven hits, struck out seven, and walked two en route to his second shutout in his last four starts.
Four athletic teams from Valparaiso University have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance.
The Horizon League descends upon Northwest Indiana this week as an NCAA Tournament berth is up for grabs at Oil City Stadium. Fourth-seeded Valpo will host the fifth-seeded Youngstown State Penguins in the opening game at 12 p.m. CT. The Crusaders will send Dalton Lundeen to the hill as he shoots for his fifth win of 2015.
The Horizon League announced its postseason baseball awards Tuesday. Nate Palace, Spencer Mahoney, Nolan Lodden, Giovanni Garbella, and Chad Jacob were the five Crusaders that earned All-League distinction. For Mahoney, this marks the second time he has received Horizon League postseason accolades.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera thanks the city of Valparaiso and the Northwest Indiana community for their support throughout the 2014-2015 athletic season.
Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced the promotions of Kim Smith and Traci Young to Associate Directors of Athletics on Monday morning. Smith will inherit the role of Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance in addition to serving as the department's Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). Young accepts a promotion to Associate Director of Athletics for Life Skills while retaining her position as head women's tennis coach.
Valpo dropped a 6-2 contest to Wright State in the regular season finale at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton on Saturday. Spencer Mahoney moved to within two walks of the school record for bases on balls in a career while fellow senior Mark Johnson enjoyed a 2-for-3 day at the dish.
The throws trio of Jeremy Getz, Andrew Guzek, and Heather Mende all took part of the final day of action at the Gregory Invitational at North Central College.
Wright State used a trio of sacrifice flies en route to a 4-1 victory over Valpo at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio on Friday night. Josh Clark and Daniel Delaney led the offensive attack for the Crusaders with two hits apiece.
Valparaiso men's soccer coach Mike Avery and his staff announced the addition of five student-athletes to the 2015 recruiting class on Friday.
Valpo sent a small group of throwers and jumpers to the Gregory Invitational at North Central College on Thursday.
Dalton Lundeen allowed just two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings Thursday, but Valpo made one too many miscues in its series opener against Wright State on at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Chad Jacob went 2-for-4 while senior Kyle Schneider provided an RBI double in the Crusader half of the fourth.
A stellar junior campaign from Valparaiso University outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri has led to a second straight All-Region honor, as Ranieri repeated as a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. With the award, Ranieri is now eligible for All-American honors.
With the Horizon League regular season wrapping up this weekend, four of the six seeds have yet to be determined for next week’s postseason tournament. A Valpo sweep of Wright State would earn the Crusaders the No. 2 spot - and a highly-coveted first-round bye. At 13-13 in League play, Milwaukee is still in the Brown and Gold’s rear-view mirror for third place.
After trailing 6-0 following the top of the 3rd, Valpo managed to put the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th. However, Purdue reliever Matt Frawley recorded the final two outs of the game via strikeout to preserve a 6-4 Boilermaker victory. Spencer Mahoney led the Crusader offense with three hits.
Junior Ryan Fritze was rewarded for his seven shutout innings against Youngstown State on Sunday with a Horizon League Pitcher of the Week award on Monday. Fritze did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he scattered three hits and punched out a season-high nine batters.
In their final weekend game of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field, the Valparaiso Crusaders received Ryan Fritze's most dominant start since joining the Brown and Gold. The right-hander scattered three hits over seven shutout innings as Valpo took the rubber game, 5-0, over visiting Youngstown State.
Valparaiso freshman outfielder Taylor Nadler capped a standout rookie season for the Crusaders by being named to the 2015 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team, as the tournament concluded Saturday.
Senior Kyle Schneider went 4-for-6 in Saturday's doubleheader versus Youngstown State, including two runs batted in in the nightcap to propel Valpo to a 4-3 win. The Penguins collected a 5-2 win in the opener behind seven shutout innings from lefty Joe King.
The pole vaulting duo of Justin Zosso and Sarah Peters, along with thrower Justin Smutz, took to the field on Friday at the Grand Valley State 2nd to Last Chance Meet in Allendale, Mich.
Afternoon storms forced the postponement of Friday's single game versus Youngstown State. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT. Head coach Brian Schmack will honor Valpo's six seniors prior to first pitch of Game 1.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced on Friday the winners of the program's annual team awards for the 2014-15 year.
The throwers trio of Sarah Drozdowski, Jacob Frey and Jacob Smutz took to the field on Thursday at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2015 season come to an end Thursday afternoon at the Horizon League Championship in Rochester, Mich. in gut-wrenching fashion. Valpo dropped a pitcher’s duel to open play against UIC, 1-0, before seeing a furious rally in the seventh inning come up just short, falling 4-3 to Wright State in an elimination game.
Saturday's Senior Day highlights this weekend’s series at Emory G. Bauer Field as the curtain begins to descend on the 2015 home slate. Seeding for the Horizon League Championship is still very much up in the air with six conference games to play. Valpo has historically fared well against YSU (28-3 in last 31 contests), but the Penguins have been playing .500 baseball since April 2nd.
The Horizon League Executive Council approved an agreement in principle with Olympia Entertainment to host the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament in the city of Detroit. Under terms of the five-year agreement, Olympia Entertainment will host the men’s basketball tournament beginning in 2016 - the first two years at Joe Louis Arena and the final three years at the new Detroit Events Center.
Valpo scored six runs in the second inning, propelling the Crusaders to a 7-1 win over Wright State in their opener at the Horizon League Championship Wednesday. Mollie Lindeman went the distance in the circle for the win, which advanced Valpo to take on UIC Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT. During the win over the Raiders, Kaitlyn Ranieri matched Valpo's career walks record, while Taylor Nadler completed a streak of 10 straight plate appearances reaching base, tied for eighth-most in NCAA history.
With the clock reading 7:31 pm local time and the sun setting on a rustic Emory G. Bauer Field, Jeff Edwards cracked an opposite-field, 13th-inning single to score Giovanni Garbella and break a 7-7 tie. Spencer Mahoney tallied four hits as he was one of four Crusaders to record three or more hits.
The Valparaiso University softball team takes aim at the 2015 Horizon League title this week, as the Crusaders head to Oakland, site of the Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders open tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. CT against third-seeded Wright State. Check out thoughts from head coach Kate Stake heading into the tournament, in the attached Valpo Coaches Show.
A trio of Valparaiso University softball players received postseason accolades from the Horizon League Tuesday, as the league announced its postseason award winners. Junior Kaitlyn Ranieri repeated as a First Team All-League honoree. Freshman Taylor Nadler earned Second Team All-League accolades and also received a spot on the All-Freshman Team, where she was joined by fellow rookie Stephanie Moreno.
Valpo head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced Tuesday that Amber Lindfors and Imani Scott-Thompson have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play with the Crusaders. Lindfors and Scott-Thompson will join Meredith Hamlet, Claire Marburger, Hannah Schaub, and Allison Schofield as newcomers for the 2015-16 season.
Roger Powell, Jr. will serve as head coach of an Athletes in Action squad which will tour Poland this June. Among the 10 players on the team will be fellow Crusaders Jubril Adekoya and Max Joseph.
The southpaw was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his three-hit shutout of Milwaukee this past weekend. Lundeen, the 2014 Co-Pitcher of the Year, struck out five Panthers while walking just one in a 117-pitch gem on Friday afternoon. This represents his third career Pitcher of the Week honor.
Valparaiso University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its year-end awards on Sunday evening at the seventh annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony (ARC) Awards.
Freshman Giovanni Garbella laced his first career round-tripper in the home half of the seventh to draw Valpo within one run, but Panther catcher Daulton Varsho's ninth-inning two-run homer provided the insurance necessary for Milwaukee as the visitors notched an 8-6 win over the Crusaders in Sunday's series finale at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Sarah Drozdowski won the hammer throw on Sunday on the final day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championship, securing Athlete of the Year and Field Performer of the Meet honors.
Jacob Frey and Jacob Smutz each scored in the hammer throw with third and fourth places finishes, respectively, as Valpo finished the Horizon League Outdoor Championship with their best finish since joining the league in 2007.
The Valparaiso University softball team finished the regular season in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League standings and has earned the fifth seed for the Horizon League Championship, which begins Wednesday at Oakland. The Crusaders will face third-seeded Wright State to open the tournament Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.
The Valparaiso University women's basketball program announced its 2015 summer camp dates Wednesday.
Justin Zosso captured the pole vault title with a new school record while Alexander Watson took second with a new personal best at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship. The Crusaders stayed in second place on day two.
Jazmin Taylor took home the crown in the high jump and several Crusaders captured runner-up finishes in the second day of action at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships. Valpo sits in second place heading into the final day.
Crusaders honor seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway on Senior Day before Saturday's doubleheader, and then earn a spot in the Horizon League Championship with 7-5 and 9-5 wins over Youngstown State. Taylor Nadler reached base in all eight of her plate appearances Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri broke Valpo's single-season walks record as well.
Spencer Mahoney enjoyed another three-hit afternoon, but Milwaukee plated four runs in the final two innings en route to an 8-5 win over Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday. The series will be decided Sunday afternoon in a 12:00 pm first pitch.
Jeremy Getz captured the javelin title on Friday on day one action at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship. The Crusaders finished the day in second place.
Senior Brooke Hinstorff closed out her collegiate career with a personal best in the javelin and a second place finish on day one of the Horizon League Outdoor Championship in Rochester, Mich.
Spencer Mahoney's solo shot on the first pitch of the day from UWM starter Brian Keller was all Dalton Lundeen needed as the junior spun a three-hit shutout in Valpo's 6-0 series-opening win over Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday. Mahoney registered his 200th career hit in the fourth with an infield single. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.
The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off its three-game series with Youngstown State Friday from the Valparaiso University Softball Field with a big win, taking down the Penguins by a 9-7 final in the series opener. Kaitlyn Ranieri and Taylor Nadler each scored three runs in the winning effort. Valpo hosts YSU on Senior Day Saturday at 11 a.m., with ceremonies before the game to honor Crusader seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway.
The 2014-2015 Crusader Scholarship Challenge helped boost student attendance at sporting events while increasing the university's social media outreach. Check out the story to see what our winners had to say, including Cole Evans, who received one academic year of free tuition.
Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that midfielder Michelle Mottonen will be transferring to join the reigning Horizon League champions from TCU and will be immediately eligible for the 2015 season, with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The final weekend of the regular season is upon the Valparaiso University softball team, and it is a critical one, as the Crusaders take on Youngstown State in a three-game set beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Valpo seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway will be honored prior to the start of Saturday’s doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Senior Day ceremonies as they play the final home series of their careers.
Milwaukee brings one of the league’s best pitching staffs into Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend for a key Horizon League series. Two games separate the Crusaders and Panthers for third place in the Horizon League standings. Furthermore, two games separate Valpo from second-place Wright State within a crowded leaderboard.
The Valparaiso women's track and field teams look to throw far, jump high and run fast this weekend as they compete in the 2015 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Oakland. The senior trio of Sarah Drozdowski, Sarah Peters, and Jazmin Taylor all hold the top spots in their respective events.
The Valparaiso men's track and field team will head north to Oakland for the Horizon League Outdoor Championship this weekend. Jeremy Getz and Justin Zosso lead the Horizon League in their respective events. Zosso is the defending champion in the pole vault while Getz is among the top-40 in the nation in the javelin.
Valpo football graduated senior Stuart Barkley was among the 826 total players selected nationwide as members of the 2015 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
A barrage of two-out hits catapulted Northern Illinois to a 5-3 win over Valpo on Wednesday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb. Crusader starter Drew Hasler was coasting through the sixth inning until four straight singles resulted in a 2-0 deficit ballooning to 5-0. Dustin Beasley (2-for-4) recorded the Brown and Gold's lone extra-base hit, a double in the visitor's half of the second inning.
Ashlyn Montgomery and Mollie Lindeman combined on a four-hitter Wednesday, while Taylor Lawson and Sierra Pico picked up two hits apiece, but it wasn't enough for Valpo to earn the win, as the Crusader softball team fell at Bowling Green, 2-0. Valpo returns home to host Youngstown State this weekend in the final series of the regular season.
Spencer Mahoney's 198th career hit lifted Valpo to a 2-1 win in 11 innings over Chicago State on Tuesday afternoon. The RBI single came with two outs to crack a tied game that had been 1-1 since the visitor's half of the seventh.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team is asking for your help in picking their 2015 away uniforms. Voting will be open for the next 48 hours.
The Valparaiso University softball team will play a single game Wednesday afternoon at Bowling Green to close out its non-league schedule, taking on the Falcons at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. The single game replaces the previously-scheduled doubleheader. Valpo will then return home for the final Horizon League series of the season, starting Friday against Youngstown State.
Sophomores Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) and Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) both claimed All-Tournament accolades as the Horizon League Championship came to a close Sunday. Seitz and Webb led the way for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team en route to a fourth-place finish.
The Crusaders kept the hit parade going Sunday as they parlayed 13 hits into six runs in a 6-2 win in the series finale at Oakland. Spencer Mahoney and Jeff Edwards slugged three hits each while Ryan Fritze limited the Golden Grizzly offense to two runs over seven innings. Valpo improved to 12-8 in Horizon League play after the series win.
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt tallied their record-setting 30th doubles victory of the season Sunday, but Green Bay registered a 4-0 win to capture the Horizon League Championship title in West Lafayette.
Sibil Gill and Annie Gaugert led Valpo with an 80 (242) and 86 (246) to finish in 14th and 15th, respectively, at the Horizon League Championship in Florida. The Crusaders finished in sixth place as a team with the eighth lowest 54-hole score in school history.
The Valparaiso University softball team fell in its series finale at Detroit Sunday afternoon, 5-4, after rallying to tie the game on a two-run homer by Tarah McShane in the top of the seventh inning.
The Valparaiso women's track and field team opened their new home, the Warren G. Hoger Track, on a cold, rainy Saturday and had six athletes capture titles. Hannah Reynard moved up to third place in the 400 meter hurdles too.
Five Crusaders captured titles and Chris Sosnowski threw the third-farthest discus in school history at the inaugural Crusader Open, the first track meet held at Valpo in 50 years.
Led by sophomore Nick Seitz, who sits in third place individually after 36 holes, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team maintained its hold on fourth place at the Horizon League Championship Saturday and is in a position to move up the team leaderboard during the final round on Sunday. Sophomore Peter Webb is tied for ninth after two rounds as well.
Seven Crusaders enjoyed multi-hit games at the plate while Mario Losi delivered seven innings of one-run ball in a 14-1 walloping of Oakland on Saturday. Freshman Giovanni Garbella drove in a game-high three runs in just his third collegiate start. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.
The Valpo men's tennis team is one step away from the NCAA Tournament thanks to a 4-1 win over Cleveland State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship on Saturday afternoon. Dave Bacalla earned the all-important fourth point after rallying for a 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.
Three home runs, including a pair of mammoth blasts from freshman Stephanie Moreno, accounted for all seven of the runs for the Valparaiso University softball team in its nightcap at Detroit on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders took down the Titans, 7-5. Valpo rebounded from a 16-3 loss to Detroit in Saturday’s opener.
Sibil Gill shot a 76 to move up 13 spots on the leader board on day two action at the Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders slashed 15 strokes off their score to move into fourth place heading into the final day of actioin.
The Crusaders scored all six of their runs between the 6th and 8th innings of Friday's opener against Oakland, but 15 hits fueled the Golden Grizzlies in an 8-6 win over Valpo. Nolan Lodden enjoyed his 14th multi-hit game of the season with a 3-for-5 afternoon at the plate.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team sits in fourth place after the opening day of the Horizon League Championship from Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Friday, just one shot out of third position and within striking distance of the top teams. Sophomore Nick Seitz paced Valpo on Friday with an opening-round 74.
The Valparaiso track and field teams will host the first home meet in over 50 years on Saturday at the new Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field. Action gets underway at 10:30 CT with throwing events at Eastgate Field. Jumps will start at Hoger Track and 1:00 pm with running events starting 30 minutes later.
Annie Gaugert tied her career low for 18 holes and finished in a tie for fifth place on day one of the Horizon League Women's Golf Championship. The Crusaders finished round one in fifth place.
While they await their opponent in the semifinals of the 2015 Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship, the Crusaders ride into West Lafayette with the No. 2 seed and one goal.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named Horizon League Player of the Year; classmate Dave Bacalla was also named First Team All-League as announced by the league office Thursday evening. Schorsch is the first Crusader to earn the distinction since Valparaiso joined the Horizon League, and just the fourth ever to be named a Conference Player of the Year.
For the second time in three years, Valparaiso University men’s golf head coach David Gring was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as the league held its annual awards banquet preceding the league tournament Thursday evening. In addition, the Crusaders placed a pair of golfers on the All-League squad, as sophomores Nick Seitz and Peter Webb earned All-League accolades.
With first place still within reach, the Crusaders head to Michigan to improve upon their 10-7 record in Horizon League play. Dalton Lundeen (3-4, 4.76) will take the ball in Friday's 2:00 pm CT opener in search of his first win away from home. The junior struck out 10 Golden Grizzlies while allowing just one earned run in a complete game effort two weeks ago at Emory G. Bauer Field. Live video is available for all three games.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s golf teams have invaded the Sunshine State, looking to bring home the hardware from the 2015 Horizon League Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. this weekend. Men's golf head coach David Gring and women's golf head coach Mat Blair joined the Valpo Coaches Show prior to their departure to preview the championship event.
A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball program this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to Detroit for a three-game set. Valpo will take on the Titans twice on Saturday and once on Sunday in the penultimate weekend of league play, fighting for a spot in the postseason tournament field.
Sarah Drozdowski was named the Horizon League Female Athlete of the Week on Wednesday following a record-setting performance at the Illini Twilight over the weekend. This is her second time winning the weekly award in the last three weeks.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following his 2-0 weekend in both singles and doubles play. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced on Tuesday a partnership between the team and the #oneValpo initiative with Valparaiso University Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) in support of SALT’s Color 4 a Cause (C4C). The C4C 5K is set for May 2 and the course will run through the Valparaiso University campus.
Valparaiso University bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Kendra Tryniski has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2015-16 season.
Valparaiso University will hold tryouts for the 2015-2016 cheerleading and dance teams on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Gym 2 of the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tryouts are open to all current Valpo students and incoming freshmen.
Three Valpo football players have put their heads - and hands - together to establish the University's first robotic football team. See how Hayden Hast, Jake Hutson, and J.T. Rotroff's intelligence and resourcefulness have made them Champions in the Classroom.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up regular season play Sunday when they headed to the clubhouse after the final 18 holes at the Wolfpack Spring Open in Raleigh, N.C. The Crusaders held their ground and finished in ninth place after shooting a 296, two shots better than the previous day.
The Crusader men's tennis team collected their 20th win of the spring with a resounding 6-1 win at Youngstown State on Sunday morning at the YSU Outdoor Courts. Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt went 2-0 on the day with a victory at No. 1 doubles followed by wins at No. 1 and 4 singles, respectively.
Senior Michele Fredlake recorded a 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 marathon winner at No. 6 singles versus Victoria Ferry on Sunday morning at the Youngstown State Outdoor Courts. Valpo fell 6-1 in the season finale as the Penguins completed a perfect 8-0 run in Horizon League play.
Sarah Drozdowski set the school record in the hammer throw and Hannah Reynard set the fifth-fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday at the Illini Twilight.
The trio of Jacob Smutz, Jacob Frey and Alexander Watson all set the second-best mark all-time in their respective events on Saturday at the Illini Twilight.
Angie Gaugert and Katie Willenbrink both won their matches on Saturday in the IUPUI/Valpo Match Play while Gaugert and Sibil Gill recorded top-five 54 tournament lows.
The Crusaders were 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position on the day, but a two-run double from Daniel Delaney and a two-run single by Shea Molitor helped the Brown and Gold to a 5-4 win in the opening game of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo stranded 14 runners on base in a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.
There were players making key plays and coming up with key hits up and down the roster of the Valparaiso University softball team on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Crusaders swept Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader by scores of 7-4 and 7-6, the latter win coming in 10 innings.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team took to the links Saturday afternoon for the start of its last tournament before the Horizon League Championships. This time, the action took place at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club, in Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Spring Open. Over the opening 18 holes of a 36-hole tournament, the Crusaders carded a 298 as a team and currently sit in ninth place behind leader and tournament host North Carolina State.
The Valpo men's tennis team's bid for a 20-win season will have to wait at least one more day. The Cleveland State Vikings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend the Crusaders 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the CWRU Carlton Courts.
The Valpo women's tennis team dropped the first match of its road trip, 7-0, to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Paramount Tennis Club. Paige Heuer took Aleksandra Golawska to three sets at No. 4, but Golawska escaped with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win.
Jake Hutson ran for two touchdowns while Frank Catrine dazzled the crowd with his speed and moves down the sideline on a 47 screen pass that went for six in the 15th annual Brown and Gold Game on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Sibil Gill recorded an eagle in her 2 and 1 match play win while shooting a 77 at the IUPUI/Valpo Match Play at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Ind. Angie Gaugert also carded a 77 en route to a win.
A pair of five-run frames was more than enough for the Flames as UIC cruised to a 12-3 win over Valpo on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a chance of rain on Sunday, the teams will complete the series Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 am CT.
The Valparaiso University softball team led after its third time at bat in its series opener at Horizon League foe Cleveland State Friday afternoon, but the Vikings scored eight unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell by a 9-2 final.
The annual Brown vs. Gold spring game is slated for Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am as head football coach Dave Cecchini's rebuilding project is in its next phase. Cecchini is expecting around 95 players to report camp this summer; however, only 54 of those are on campus right now. As a result, this year's exhibition will deviate from last spring's draft style game.
The second half of the Horizon League schedule launches this weekend and Emory G. Bauer will play host to a dandy. First-place UIC will make the short trip over from Chicago to take on Valpo, who enters the three-game series 1.5 games behind the Flames. The Crusaders boast a 7-1 home record.
The 2015 Athletics Alumni Challenge, held in conjunction with the University-wide Day of Giving, Proud to Be Valpo, was a huge success. This year’s challenge topped last year’s in every way. 339 former Valpo student-athletes, representing every sport that the University sponsors, gave back. This includes 69 former student-athletes who made gifts for the first time. In total, over $56,000 was raised for Valpo Athletics, with nine different teams receiving more than $1,000 in gifts. The total amount received is a 36% increase from last year’s Athletics Alumni Challenge.
The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a pair of non-league contests Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., dropping 12-4 and 4-2 decisions to Northern Illinois. Taylor Weissenhofer struck out a season-best seven batters in the nightcap.
Cary Milanes picked up her eighth win in singles play, but it wasn't enough as Chicago State collected a 6-1 win over the Crusaders Tuesday in Valpo's final home match of the spring. The top three singles matches all went three sets.
Western Michigan limited Valpo to just five hits in a 6-1 defeat of the Crusaders at Robert J. Bobb Stadium in Kalamazoo on Tuesday afternoon. Nolan Lodden collected his 29th RBI of the season while Drew Hasler threw six innings of two-run ball in the loss.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow to talk about his team's progress over the last few weeks, preview Saturday's spring game, and discuss this year's recruiting class.
Valparaiso University sophomore baseball player Nate Palace (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and junior track and field athlete Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for March.
The Valpo men's soccer team raised over $52,000 in their annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser on Saturday afternoon. President Mark Heckler was one of 130 people to have their heads shaved to help fight childhood cancer.
Valparaiso University placed eight student-athletes over four sports on the Horizon League’s 2015 Winter Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office. Men's indoor track and field had three student-athletes honored, while men's basketball and women's indoor track and field had two apiece and men's swimming had one as well.
Valparaiso University awarded 132 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 24th Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening in the Christopher Center.
Crusaders turn a triple play in the seventh inning, Mahoney becomes the all-time assists leader, and Nate Palace rocketed his seventh home run of the season - all in a 3-hour, 45-minute 15-7 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to complete the three-game sweep.
Three singles matches went three sets, the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker, but Valpo persevered for a 5-2 win over UIC at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
The Valparaiso University softball team snapped its losing streak in style Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, coming from four runs down to score a 9-4 victory over UIC in Horizon League play. Sophomore Jorgi Calombaris led the way offensively with a career-best five RBIs.
Senior Kaitlyn Hamel won in straight sets at No. 1 on Sunday morning, but the Crusaders dropped a 6-1 match to Oakland in Horizon League action at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
The Valparaiso baseball program announced plans for its 2015 Prospect Camp on Monday. The single-day camp will be held on June 9th from 9:00am CT until 4:30pm CT at Emory G. Bauer Field. The camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and/or grade level).
Sunday morning's match against Oakland will serve as Senior Day for Valpo women's tennis. Megan Barthels, Michele Fredlake, Kaitlyn Hamel, and Michele Fredlake will each be recognized prior to the 11:00 am first serve at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
Oakland put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the 9th, but Bryce Yoder nailed down his fourth save of the season to safeguard an 8-7 win for the Brown and Gold on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Spencer Mahoney sent a two-run shot over the right-field wall for his first home run of the season. Daniel Delaney went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
With Crusader athletes in three meets on Saturday, Jeremy Getz bested his record in the javelin throw by over four feet at the Tennessee Relays.
In a three-meet Saturday for the Crusaders, Liz Bloy set the second fastest school time in an event for the second day in a row at the Tennessee Relays.
The Valparaiso University softball team fell short in a pair of comeback attempts in Horizon League play Saturday afternoon against UIC, dropping league games by final scores of 11-9 and 11-5 to the Flames. Taylor Nadler picked up five hits to lead the Valpo offense Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri connected on two home runs and Tarah McShane hit a home run as well.
Valpo women's tennis dropped a 6-1 Horizon League contest to the Detroit Titans on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Kathleen Hebble got Valpo on the scoreboard with her sixth singles victory of the season. She persevered for a 7-6 (6-1), 6-3 win over Valeryia Kulikovskay at No. 2 singles.
Liz Bloy and Chris Sosnowski set top-five school marks in their respective events (1,500 meter run and discus) at the Tennessee Relays on Friday.
Dalton Lundeen threw a career-high 136 pitches to earn his first complete game victory of 2015 as he dispelled Oakland 9-3 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Nate Palace and Daniel Delaney had two runs batted in apiece as the former went yard for his sixth home run of the season.
The Valpo men's tennis team returned to its winning ways Friday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout of the Detroit Titans at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Kyle Dunn clinched the Crusaders' 18th win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles.
A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball team this weekend, as the Crusaders host UIC at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series. But the Crusaders will have to wait one more day to open the series, as Friday’s game has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m., while today’s postponement will be made up Sunday at noon. Saturday will also serve as Alumni Day for the Crusader softball program, as Valpo welcomes back more than 20 former players.
Sarah Drozdowski bettered her second best school mark in the hammer throw by almost six feet and Chris Sosnowski set the fourth farthest hammer throw in school history on Thursday in the first day of the Tennessee Relays.
After playing their last five away from Emory G. Bauer Field, the Crusaders return home to host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a three-game series this weekend. Friday's series opener begins an enticing stretch of the schedule that has the Crusaders playing 15 of their next 20 contests at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo is 3-0 in HL series openers thus far.
Head women's tennis coach Traci Young sat down with Brad Collignon this week to discuss the Crusaders' win over Green Bay last Saturday, a wave of strong underclassmen, as well as her squad's four seniors.
Valparaiso fifth-year senior Torrie Decker became just the second bowler in Crusader program history to earn All-American honors, as she was named an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American on Wednesday night.
Spencer Mahoney tallied his ninth double of the season while Nolan Lodden raised his season average to .365 after a 2-for-4 day, but the Crusaders were unable to cross the plate in a 6-0 loss to the Fighting Irish Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Valparaiso softball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader at Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon on a cool, overcast day in Madison, Wis., dropping the opener 10-2 and the nightcap 11-2. Mollie Lindeman connected on her first home run in a Crusader uniform in the first game.
Senior thrower Sarah Drozdowski was named the Horizon League Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. She won titles in the shot put and hammer throw this past weekend while also picking up a third place finish in the discus.
On an overcast day Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Valparaiso softball team struggled to finish innings offensively, leaving 10 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to IPFW.
Wednesday evening's game between the Crusaders and Fighting Irish will represent the 93rd meeting between the instate rivals. Both clubs will trot out lefties to the mound as Notre Dame (20-10)'s Scott Tully will make his first start - 12th appearance - of the season. Meanwhile, freshman Connor Kaucic receives his third starting assignment for Valpo.
Tuesday's baseball game between Valparaiso and Toledo has been cancelled due to a dicey weather forecast. The Crusaders will return to the diamond tomorrow evening at Frank Eck Stadium on the campus of Notre Dame. First pitch between the Fighting Irish and the Brown and Gold is slated for 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team claimed its second tournament championship of the season on Monday afternoon, as the Crusaders defeated Northern Kentucky in a playoff by one stroke to bring home the title from the Wright State Invitational.
A full week with six games awaits the Crusader softball team this week, starting with a pair of non-league dates. Valpo will step out of Horizon League play Tuesday at home against IPFW at 3:30 p.m. - which will serve as the program’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day - and then head to Wisconsin for a twinbill Wednesday afternoon.
Valpo closed out the IPFW Spring Classic on Monday with the sixth lowest-18 hole round in school history and tied the eight lowest 36-hole tournament low.
The Crusader women's golf team opened play on Easter Sunday at the IPFW Spring Classic. Sibil Gill led the way with an 80 to finish in 19th. The team finished the day in seventh place.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team put itself in prime position to capture its second tournament championship of the season, as the Crusaders closed out the first 36 holes of the 54-hole Wright State Invitational on Sunday in second place out of nine competing teams. Jared Magoline enters Monday second in the individual standings, just one stroke out of the lead.
Five Crusaders collected titles and Hannah Reynard set two top-five times in the hurdles on Saturday at the DePauw Outdoor Invitational. Valpo finished in fourth with 80 points.
The trio of Jeremy Getz, Jacob Frey, and Justin Zosso all captured titles on Saturday at the DePauw Outdoor Invitational. The Crusaders finished in third with 101 points.
Valparaiso fought back from a two-run hole to claim a 3-2 sixth-inning lead, but Milwaukee scored five runs off the Crusader bullpen to win the series finale, 7-3, at Henry Aaron Field on Saturday afternoon. Spencer Mahoney and Daniel Delaney cracked two hits apiece, but Valpo left 12 runners on base in the loss.
A showdown between two of the powerhouses in Horizon League men's tennis lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Valpo and Green Bay split six singles matches, but the Phoenix claimed the decisive doubles point en route to a 4-3 win over the Crusaders.
Behind four singles victories and two triumphs in doubles play, the Valparaiso women's tennis team handed Green Bay a 5-2 loss at the Valpo Tennis Complex on Saturday morning.
The Valparaiso softball team took the lead early in both ends of a doubleheader against Oakland in Horizon League action on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Golden Grizzlies would come from behind to send the Crusaders to a pair of losses, as Valpo fell 7-2 and 6-3. Taylor Lawson scored three runs on the day to lead the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Milwaukee Friday night at The Courts of NWI. The Crusaders return to action Saturday morning at the Valpo Tennis Complex at 11 am versus the Green Bay Phoenix.
After Shea Molitor's two-out RBI single tied the game in the top of the ninth, Mike Porcaro delivered a single to center to give the Panthers a 7-6 walkoff win at Henry Aaron Field on Friday. Dalton Lundeen struck out ten without walking a batter over seven innings but did not factor into the decision. Nolan Lodden jacked his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth.
The Valparaiso softball team fell in its Horizon League series opener to Oakland on Friday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, 8-0. Freshman Taylor Nadler went 2-for-2 to lead the Valpo effort.
Valpo rallied back from three separate deficits to claim an 11-10 win in 12 innings over Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field on Thursday. Bryce Yoder pitched a career-most 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win while Spencer Mahoney and Josh Clark each had three-hit games at the plate.
Another day, another schedule adjustment for the Valparaiso softball team. This time, with this weekend’s series already having been moved to the Valparaiso University Softball Field from Oakland, Friday’s game time has been pushed up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of rain in the afternoon. Saturday’s twinbill remains as a 1 p.m. start.
Valparaiso heads to Milwaukee on Thursday for its first Horizon League series away from the pastoral confines of Emory G. Bauer Field. Henry Aaron Field welcomes Valpo for the Panthers’ “official” home opener. The Crusaders enter this weekend two games ahead of UWM for third place in the HL standings.
The Valparaiso softball team fell victim to the home run ball in a non-league doubleheader Wednesday afternoon on a warm, sunny day in Indianapolis, giving up seven home runs as the Crusaders dropped the two games by final scores of 6-4 and 11-3 to IUPUI.
Valparaiso men's basketball freshman guard Tevonn Walker joins Valpo All-Access for a season wrap-up, looking back at his first season as a Crusader.
For the first time since March 15, the Valparaiso softball team will leave home this week. The Crusaders travel to Indianapolis for a non-league doubleheader at IUPUI on Wednesday. Valpo will then return home for its Horizon League series versus Oakland, which was originally scheduled to be played at Oakland. The Crusaders will host the Golden Grizzlies for a single game Friday at 3pm and a doubleheader Saturday at 1pm.
Spencer Mahoney, Nolan Lodden, and Mark Johnson tallied two hits each Tuesday, but Ball State used nine extra-base hits to fly to a 13-4 win over the Crusaders at Ball Diamond in Muncie.
Sophomore Dave Bacalla was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following a pair of Crusader victories this past weekend.
Valparaiso junior guard Darien Walker has been named a finalist for the Riley Wallace Award, presented annually to the nation’s top first-year transfer player, by CollegeInsider.com.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team secured the doubles point for the sixth consecutive match Sunday en route to a 4-2 victory over Dayton at the Five Seasons Tennis Club.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team closed out its trip to Ohio on Sunday dropping a 4-1 contest to Dayton, but not before Megan Barthels registered her team-high seventh singles win of the season.
Spring still hasn't completely sprung in Valparaiso, and with the combination of rain that moved through early Sunday afternoon and projected wind chill factors later in the afternoon below the league's minimum threshold, the Crusader softball team's series finale against Wright State has been canceled and won't be made up.
Impending winter weather has forced the cancellation of Sunday's series finale between Valparaiso and Wright State. The Crusaders will return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon at Ball State. First pitch from the Ball Diamond in Muncie is slated for 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT. A link to the live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team opened Horizon League play with a 6-1 win over Wright State at the Dayton Center Courts on Saturday night.
Dalton Lundeen surrendered just one earned run over seven innings of the Crusaders' 7-6 game one win, but Wright State put up a three-spot in the seventh inning of the second game to spoil Valpo's bid for a DH sweep. The rubber game of this series will be held Sunday at 1 pm CT.
The "Jacob" duo of Frey and Smutz and the "Sarah" duo of Peters and Drozdowski led the Valpo track and field teams with top-15 finishes on the final day of action at the Raleigh Relays.
Runs weren’t hard to come by for the Valparaiso and Wright State softball teams in a doubleheader Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as a pair of high-scoring games saw squads overcome large deficits. The Crusaders held a six-run lead in game one before WSU rallied for an 11-9 win, but in the nightcap, Valpo overcame a three-run deficit for a 9-7 victory.
Kathleen Hebble collected a commanding straight-set win at No. 2 singles, but it wasn't enough as the host Raiders defeated the Brown and Gold 6-1 at the Dayton Center Courts in Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
Jazmin Taylor won the high jump and Liz Bloy set the third fastest Crusader time in the 1,500 meter run in day one action on Friday at the Raleigh Relays.
Wright State rides into town on an 11-game winning streak ahead of its first road series in Horizon League play. The Raiders enter this series 31-4 in their last 35 league games, but three of those four losses have come at the hands of the Brown and Gold. At 6-0, WSU is two games ahead of 4-2 Valpo in the league standings.
The Valparaiso softball team continues Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders host Wright State in a three-game series at home. The series has been shifted a bit due to weather, as the two squads are now slated to play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2015 Division I District 12 Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC on Friday. In addition, sophomore Alec Peters garnered a First Team All-District 12 selection – Valpo’s sixth All-District honoree in the last four years.
Valparaiso and Wright State's three-game series originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday has been adjusted due to cold temperatures. Friday's game has been pushed back a day as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 12 pm CT. Game two will be played 30 minutes after the completion of the first tilt. Sunday's series finale will be played at 1 pm CT.
The Valparaiso track and field teams will not be competing at the Puma Invitational this weekend due to inclement weather in the forecast. Valpo will still be sending athletes to the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State. Live results and video (paid subscription required) will be available for the relays at ValpoAthletics.com.
With a high temperature that’s not even expected to crack 30 degrees on Friday, the Valparaiso softball team has adjusted its weekend series at home against Wright State. Friday’s single game has been moved to Sunday, with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s doubleheader remains unchanged, with first pitch of the twinbill slated for 1 p.m.
Spencer Mahoney and Mark Johnson led a 14-hit day at the plate while Ellis Foreman kept the Cougars off the scoreboard until the seventh inning of Valpo's 7-2 victory over Chicago State Wednesday afternoon in the Windy City. Freshman Luke VanLanen shut the door for the Crusaders, providing two shutout frames of relief.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow for one final time this season, looking back at the final game of the year and the 2014-15 season as a whole.
Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake joins the Valpo Coaches Show to look back on the pre-league portion of the schedule and how the season has shaken out to date for the Crusaders.
Junior pole vaulter Sarah Peters was named the Horizon League Athlete of the Week following her first place performance at the Gene and Rose Edmonds Invitational this past weekend. This is Peter's second weekly award this year and first of the outdoor season.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team wrapped up the second tournament of its spring campaign when the Crusaders took to the links Tuesday for the final 18 holes at the Wallace Jones Invitational in Delhi, La. The team continued to show consistency, posting a 297 for the second straight round and finishing with a team total of 892.
While Northwest Indiana received several inches of snow on Monday morning, the Crusaders men’s golf team was hitting the links at Black Bear Golf Club in Delhi, La. for the Wallace Jones Invitational, its second tournament of the spring season. The Crusaders finished the day in ninth place.
The Valparaiso softball team got three games in at home last weekend, but Mother Nature decided that Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader with Central Michigan would be a no-go, as multiple inches of snow on Monday forced the cancellation of the twinbill with the Chippewas. Valpo is slated to return to action at home Friday afternoon to kick off a three-game Horizon League series with Wright State.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 7-10, 2015 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.
Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named a finalist for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the addition of Kurt Mattix, a 1999 Valparaiso graduate, and Sami Caygoz to the Crusader coaching staff on Monday.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team fell 4-3 to a Western Michigan in a dogfight at West Hills Tennis Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore pitcher Mario Losi shutout the Youngstown State Penguins over nine fabulous innings as Valpo finished off a sweep with a 4-0 victory Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Losi notched his first career shutout in the process, employing three double-play balls to erase potential threats.
#16 Valparaiso saw its run at the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship in Houston, Texas come to an end one match shy of the championship match, as the Crusaders finished in third place after falling to #3 Arkansas State on Sunday morning. Seniors Torrie Decker and Sadie Jasinski represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valparaiso softball team plated 17 runs in a Horizon League doubleheader at home Saturday against defending league champion Green Bay, but it would only be enough for a split of the two games, as after capturing the opener by a 10-2 final, the Crusaders dropped a 12-7 decision in the nightcap. Kaitlyn Ranieri reached base in all eight of her plate appearances on the day.
Justin Zosso set the pole vault record, giving him the top mark in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, on Friday at the Edmonds Invitational.
Daniel Delaney and Josh Clark both enjoyed four-hit afternoons while Nate Palace and Nolan Lodden combined to drive in five runs in Valpo's 10-8 series-clinching win over Youngstown State Saturday. Mario Losi will take the hill for the Crusaders on Sunday as the Brown and Gold seek to improve to 4-2 in Horizon League play.
The Valparaiso women’s track and field team had six athletes capture titles on Saturday at the Gene and Rose Edmonds Invitational at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.
The #16 Valparaiso bowling team is one of just three squads still alive at the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship, as the Crusaders will bowl for the right to hoist the first league title trophy on Sunday. Valpo will face top-seeded Arkansas State, the nation’s third-ranked team, on Sunday morning at 9:35 a.m. With a win, the Crusaders would advance to take on #6 Vanderbilt, the tournament’s third seed, and would need to take down the Commodores twice to earn the league championship.
Freshman Cary Milanes won the match-clinching point at No. 3 singles in Valpo's 5-2 victory over Western Illinois at the WIU Tennis Facility on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Alec Peters led all scorers with 18 points, but the Crusaders' last-second chance to send the game to overtime was thwarted in a 65-62 loss to Maryland at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night in the Second Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Peters canned a three-pointer at the 7:35 mark of the second half to become the first sophomore in program history to crack the 1,000-point plateau.
The Valparaiso softball team struck the first blow Friday afternoon in its Horizon League opener at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against Green Bay in a rematch of last season’s championship, but the Phoenix responded with seven unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell 7-2. The series will conclude with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team underwent its final preparations Thursday for its NCAA Tournament game on Friday afternoon against Maryland in Columbus, Ohio. Check out the NCAA Tournament Central at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA for a report from today's activities, including video thoughts from E. Victor Nickerson and Jubril Adekoya and a photo gallery from today's open practice.
Making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the 13th-seeded Valparaiso men’s basketball team travels to Columbus, Ohio to open tournament play with a Second Round game against fourth-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on TNT in its entirety.
The Crusaders will take Emory G. Bauer Field quicker than they imagined in 2015, playing Youngstown State in a “neutral” three-game series in Valparaiso. Field conditions at Eastwood Field were deemed unplayable early in the week so Valpo presented the next best opportunity. The Brown and Gold seek to rise above the .500 mark in Horizon League play with a strong showing.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped its Horizon League opener, 7-0, to UIC Thursday afternoon at The Courts of NWI. Cary Milanes lost a three-set heartbreaker 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 at No. 3 singles.
The Valparaiso bowling team heads to Houston, Texas this weekend for the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship as the tournament’s fifth seed in the eight-team field. The Crusaders enter the tournament ranked 16th nationally in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, moving up one spot from the last poll.
For the second straight day, the Crusaders received a strong effort from a starting pitcher, but were held scoreless inside a Big Ten park. Purdue defeated Valpo 2-0 at Alexander Field Wednesday afternoon despite Ellis Foreman turning in 6 2/3 innings of stellar pitching.
Valpo Athletics is proud to announce a partnership with Operation Hat Trick. Operation Hat Trick generates awareness, support, and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded warriors, both active service members and veterans. Hats are now available in the Valparaiso University Bookstore for $22.
Freshman Connor Kaucic delivered a quality start against the 24th-ranked team in the nation Tuesday, but Valparaiso was unable to break into the run column against a medley of Indiana pitchers in a 4-0 loss at Bart Kaufman Stadium in Bloomington.
Join the send-off from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday morning, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team departs for Columbus and the 2015 NCAA Tournament at 10 a.m! All are invited to help wish the Crusaders luck as they prepare to take on Maryland Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. CT, live on TNT.
The Valparaiso University ticket office will be selling NCAA Tournament tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Tickets through Valpo will be $100 per person for the first 350 fans, including students. The ticket office will be taking orders both by phone (1-877-MY-VU-TIX) or in person in the main lobby of the ARC. In addition, the Alumni Association will be organizing a chartered bus trip to Columbus, as well as a pregame lunch buffet at Nationwide Arena.
Members of the men's soccer team will be hosting the fifth annual St. Baldrick's Fundraiser on Saturday, April 11 at the ARC from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Watch the attached video of Olivia Pierce to see her story and hear how she became a hero to so many others.
Valparaiso hits the road this week to face a pair of Big Ten foes in Indiana and Purdue. Tuesday will represent the Crusaders’ first trip to Bart Kaufman Field since the 2013 NCAA Regionals. Valpo will get its first glimpse of Alexander Field Wednesday evening as the Boilermakers play host in a 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT affair.
The Valparaiso softball team split for the third straight day Sunday to close out its time in the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., falling to South Dakota 9-1 before taking down Saint Peter’s by a 10-5 final. The games were the last on Valpo’s spring break trip, and the Crusaders now return home this week. The original home opener for Wednesday against Eastern Illinois has been canceled, meaning that Valpo will open the home slate and Horizon League play simultaneously Friday afternoon versus Green Bay.
Valparaiso will tip off in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in its Second Round game against Maryland at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. CT from Columbus, Ohio on Friday afternoon. The game between the 13th-seeded Crusaders and fourth-seeded Terrapins will be broadcast live in its entirety on TNT, with Ian Eagle and Doug Gottlieb on the call. The Valpo ticket office will be open at 10 a.m. on Monday, while more details about bus trips through the Alumni Office will be available on Monday as well.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team received a no. 13 seed for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will open tournament play with a second-round game against no. 4 seed Maryland on Friday, March 20. Valpo will take on the Terrapins in Columbus, Ohio, with game time to be determined later this evening.
Nate Palace reached base in all seven of his plate appearances, Daniel Delaney delivered his third home run of the season, and Mario Losi fired seven shutout innings in a 15-1 Crusader victory Sunday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
Despite being stuck in neutral for the first eight innings, Valparaiso brought the tying run into scoring position in the ninth. However, Flame reliever Ryan Hinchley preserved a 3-2 win for Jake Dahlberg and UIC Saturday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
It was another day of split decisions for the Valparaiso softball team Saturday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Valpo would drop the opener to Albany in eight innings, 6-5, suffering its fifth one-run loss of the season. But the Crusaders rebounded with a 4-2 win over Niagara in the nightcap.
Jeremy Getz captured the javelin throw at the USF Invitational on Friday in the first outdoor meet of the season for the Crusaders in Tampa, Fla.
Jazmin Taylor placed second in the high jump and Hannah Reynard set the fourth fastest time in school history in the 400 meter hurdles on Friday at the Crusaders outdoor season opener in Tampa.
The Valparaiso University Alumni Association invites fans to join the Crusaders on Selection Sunday as they find out their opponent and destination for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The viewing party will be held in the Ballrooms of the Harre Union on campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. In addition, the Valpo Athletics website has launched an NCAA Tournament Central page at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA, which will feature daily updates during the Crusaders’ journey through the tournament.
The Valparaiso softball team, playing in its final spring break event of the year, snapped a seven-game losing streak in their second game of the day at the Rebel Spring Games, beating Albany, 9-2. The Crusaders fell to Bucknell in their first game of the day, 6-2. Jorgi Calombaris went 3-for-6 with three runs scored on the day.
Daniel Delaney (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks [Fresno State]) cracked his second home run of the season, but UIC plated six runs in its half of the fifth en route to an 8-2 win over the Crusaders at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
Sophomore Peter Webb earns his third career Horizon League Golfer of the Week award after a two-under-par 54-hole score of 211 last week to lead the Crusaders at the Bash at the Beach Collegiate Invitational.
Jacob Smutz threw the second farthest hammer throw in school history on Thursday as he won the event, while Chris Sosnowski finished fifth in the hammer.
Sibil Gill finished in a tie for fourth place with a season best 36-hole performance on Thursday to lead the Crusaders at the Bulldog Florida Invitational in Jacksonville.
Horizon League play commences this weekend as Valparaiso travels to Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago for a three-game series versus the Flames. UIC enters this weekend with the hopes of snapping an early-season cool streak. The Flames’ last win came on Valentine’s Day in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Meanwhile, the Crusaders aim to move closer to the .500 mark behind an offense that has supplied plenty of potency through 11 games.
Sibil Gill and Angie Kim carded matching 82's on Wednesday en route to 12th place finishes in round one at the Bulldog Florida Invitational. The Crusaders finished the day in fourth place.
Garrett Gardner, Jeffrey Schorsch, and Michael Savaglio all recorded their 20th victories in singles play Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Valpo defeated Lehigh 4-3 in the morning followed by a 7-0 shutout of the College of Wooster.
Valparaiso sophomore men's tennis player Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) and sophomore softball player Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for February.
Faced with adversity, trailing by 10 late in the first half and without one of their starting guards, the Crusaders did what they have done all season long – stepped up to the challenge. Valpo scored the final two baskets of the first half and then dominated the second half, outscoring Green Bay 35-19 to earn a 54-44 victory and claim the 2015 Horizon League Championship – Valpo’s second league title in three years. With the win, the Crusaders return to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the Division I era.
A pair of top-ten finishes from Sibil Gill and Angie Kim led the Crusaders to a fifth place finish at the Benbow Invitational played at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Valpo men's golf team concluded their first tournament of the spring on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the Bash at the Beach. The Crusaders finished in 11th place and were paced by Peter Webb's 211, two under par.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team earned a split in its doubleheader Tuesday, defeating Wheaton College 6-1, but falling 6-1 to the University of Miami. Jeffrey Schorsch recorded wins in both his singles and doubles matches. With the victories, the sophomore is now 19-6 in singles play and 21-4 in doubles action.
Sophomore went 3-0 in both singles and doubles play as Crusaders went undefeated with wins over Coe College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Quinnipiac. Schorsch is now 18-6 in singles play, 20-4 in doubles.
The final game of Valparaiso's spring trip has been cancelled due to rain. The Crusaders, who were scheduled to play James Madison today, will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon to open Horizon League play versus UIC in Chicago.
Trailing by three points at halftime, Milwaukee outscored the Crusaders 38-22 over the final twenty minutes in a 77-64 contest at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee. Junior Lexi Miller was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc, guiding Valpo's offensive effort to the tune of 18 points.
40 minutes away from a second Horizon League Championship in three years and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, all that stands in Valparaiso’s way is the second-seeded Green Bay Phoenix. The Crusaders and Phoenix will tip off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the ARC, live on ESPN.
The Valpo women's golf team opened their spring slate on Monday at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. The team finished the day in sixth place and Sibil Gill led the way with an 82.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team hit the links for the first time since October when it teed off today at the Bash at the Beach tournament, located at the Surf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team continued its winning ways in Orlando, Florida on Monday. The Crusaders dispatched Quinnipiac, 6-1, at Lake Cane Courts.
The Valparaiso softball team closed action at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday afternoon. Valpo dropped the resumption of Sunday’s suspended game to the host Rams, 5-4 in nine innings, and then fell to Colorado State 8-3 in the tournament finale.
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's Horizon League Championship semifinal win over Cleveland State and look ahead to Tuesday's title game against Green Bay.
Tickets are available now for Tuesday night's Horizon League Championship title game between Valparaiso and Green Bay, set for a 6 p.m. tip at the ARC. Fans can buy tickets by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/, calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX or visiting the ticket office (located in the main lobby of the ARC), which will be open Sunday noon-4 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. through game time.
The Horizon League announced its postseason awards Monday afternoon, and a pair of Crusader freshmen cleaned up. Dani Franklin was named Freshman of the Year and Sixth Person of the Year in addition to a spot on the All-Freshmen Team. Classmate Jasmyn Walker joined Franklin on the All-Freshmen Team.
Sophomore Nate Palace was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. The first baseman cranked four home runs, drove in 17 runs, and scored 11 times in five games.
Nate Palace ripped his third home run in two games Sunday afternoon at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C., but USC Upstate came back from an 11-3 deficit to claim the series with a 17-13 victory over Valparaiso.
The opening round of the 2015 Horizon League Championship gets underway Monday evening at the Klotsche Center. Valparaiso will make its third trip to the state of Wisconsin as the Panthers await the Crusaders in what will be the teams’ fifth meeting in the last 53 weeks. The 7:00 pm CT affair will feature three of the best freshmen the Horizon League have to offer: UWM’s Jenny Lindner and Valpo’s Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team closed out the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn. on Sunday with a pair of wins, finishing the day in 12th place out of the 23 competing teams.
The Valparaiso softball team continued play at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sunday. Facing the host Rams in the nightcap, the Crusaders battled CSU to a 2-2 tie through eight innings before the game was suspended due to darkness. The game will be resumed on Monday before Valpo’s tournament finale against the Rams. In Sunday’s opener, the Crusaders fell 13-1 to Omaha.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer to its second Horizon League Championship trophy in three years on Saturday night at the ARC, ending the game on a 7-2 run and earning a 60-55 victory over fourth-seeded Cleveland State to advance to the league tournament championship game. Valpo will take on second-seeded Green Bay Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT at the ARC for the right to represent the Horizon League in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders set a new program record as well on Saturday, winning their 27th game of the season.
Sophomore Nate Palace enjoyed a career day at the plate, launching a pair of home runs as part of a seven-RBI game in the Crusaders' 17-5 victory over the USC Upstate Spartans. Nolan Lodden drove in three runs, scored four times, and walked twice as the junior is the owner of a .476/.577/.810 slash line since moving to the second spot of the batting order a week ago.
The Valparaiso softball team finally got action underway at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, but the results wouldn’t fall the Crusaders’ way, as Valpo dropped run-rule decisions to Omaha (11-2) and Drake (8-0).
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team posted a 4-1 record on its second day of action Saturday at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt in Smyrna, Tenn.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team downed Coe College, 5-2, on Saturday morning at the Lake Cane Courts in Orlando, Florida, before shutting out St. Thomas Aquinas (NY), 7-0, to open its spring trip with a pair of victories.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker vaulted her way into the Valpo record books, but Heidi Schlegel and the Youngstown State Penguins prevailed Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center, 80-57. By virtue of Wright State's victory over the Panthers on Saturday, the Crusaders will travel to Milwaukee on Monday evening for the first round game of the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team will face fourth-seeded Cleveland State in the second semifinal of the 2015 Horizon League Championship Saturday night at the ARC. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. and be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Valparaiso rattled off five runs between the seventh and the eighth innings to trim USC Upstate's lead to 8-7, but the tying run was stranded 90 feet away in the Crusaders' third one-run loss. Outfielder Josh Clark went deep for the first time in his Crusader career.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team opened play at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn. on Friday, hosted by Vanderbilt. The Crusaders went 0-5 on the first day of play, facing opponents all ranked among the nation’s top-13 teams.
The Crusaders round out the regular season Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio in a 1:05 pm CT jump ball. Valpo’s destination for the Horizon League Tournament play-in game Monday night has yet to be determined, but the Brown and Gold can do their part to surpass last season’s win total with a victory against the Penguins. Freshman Jasmyn Walker needs just three boards to crack Valpo's top-10 for total rebounds in a season.
The Valparaiso softball team will have to wait until Saturday to play its first game at the Colorado State Classic, as its scheduled game Friday against Drake was canceled with snow still on the outfield grass. The Crusaders are still scheduled to play their two games Saturday and Sunday.
Valpo midfielder Zev Taublieb signed his first professional contract, a one-season deal with Sacramento Republic FC of the United Soccer League on Thursday.
After spending the first half of its spring trip in North Carolina, Valpo heads down to the Palmetto State to engage South Carolina Upstate in a three-game series beginning Friday at Harley Park. The Spartans enter this weekend riding a four-game winning streak that moved them to the .500 mark overall. Meanwhile, Valpo’s offense seems to have found its stride, having amassed 33 runs in their last three contests.
The Valparaiso women's basketball team saw a two-point halftime lead evaporate in a 70-55 loss to Oakland at the Athletics Center O'Rena Thursday night in Rochester, Michigan. Freshman Jasmyn Walker squeezed a career-high 15 rebounds and classmate Dani Franklin regained her early-February form, posting 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
With one goal down, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team takes flight towards its second goal - winning the Horizon League Championship and earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament - on Saturday evening, when the Crusaders will face either Cleveland State or Detroit in the league tournament semifinals. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. from the ARC, and will be televised live on ESPNU.
Endowed with a 4-3 lead when play resumed, Valpo exploded for 18 runs, its highest output since April 2nd, 2010. Nate Palace accumulated six runs scored, and Dustin Beasley racked up seven runs batted in. Meanwhile, the Crusader bullpen kept a loaded Catamount offense at bay.
Fans, be on the lookout for a number of promotions at this weekend's Horizon League Championship games at the ARC, highlighted by a chance to take pictures with the Horizon League Championship and NCAA National Championship trophies!
The Crusaders’ first stop on their final road trip of the 2014-15 regular season takes them to Rochester, Michigan to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Thursday evening. Oakland, who will be celebrating its Senior Day at the Athletics Center O’Rena, can help its chances of avoiding the play-in game of the 2015 Horizon League Tournament with a win.
Less than four years ago, Bryce Drew stood at his introductory press conference and jokingly thanked his dad, Homer, for leaving at least one more thing to accomplish - winning a Horizon League championship. Now, Drew sits at the helm of the Crusader program, having led Valpo to three regular season titles in the last four years. This is a look back at how it's happened.
Valpo was leading Western Carolina 4-3 in the top of the third inning when rain moved into the Cullowhee, North Carolina area. The two teams will resume play Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm ET/3 pm CT.
Due to inclement weather on Monday, the Valparaiso women's tennis team played a doubleheader Tuesday in Phoenix. The Crusaders fell to Grand Canyon in the morning, and Arizona Christian in the evening. Sophomore Paige Heuer scored a singles and doubles victory for the Brown and Gold versus the Firestorm.
Join your fellow Crusader fans at a pregame reception in Hilltop Gym prior to Saturday night's semifinal game in the Horizon League Championship!
Head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at last Friday's regular season title-clinching victory, talk about the team's postseason awards and look forward to the Horizon League Championship.
Five Western Carolina miscues parlayed into four unearned runs for the Brown and Gold in their 8-7 victory over the Catamounts at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, North Carolina on Monday night. Ellis Foreman came on in relief in the fourth inning of a game that appeared destined for double-digit run totals and delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Bryce Yoder notched his first save of the season in a stomach-turning ninth.
Bryce Drew named Coach of the Year, Vashil Fernandez named Defensive Player of the Year, Jubril Adekoya named Sixth Man of the Year as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Monday. In addition, Alec Peters was a First Team All-League choice and Tevonn Walker made the All-Freshman Team.
Valparaiso sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell and freshman midfielder Ramone Howell have been called in by the Jamaican Football Federation for an U23 National Team camp this week leading into an international exhibition match on March 8 against the Cayman Islands in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Tickets are available today for the 2015 Horizon League Championship at the Athletics-Recreation Center! All-tournament passes are on sale now, while single-day tickets will go on sale on Tuesday morning, March 3. Free student tickets are available now as well at the Valpo ticket office.
Elijah Owen set the school record in the heptathlon as Valpo finished the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship in fourth place with 59 points.
The Valpo women's track and field team concluded their indoor season at the Horizon League Indoor Championship on Sunday, finishing in a tie for sixth place with 34 points.
Nolan Lodden smacked an opposite-field grand slam as part of a six-run Crusader fourth inning Saturday, but Gardner-Webb's Kevin Hodge delivered the game-winner on an RBI single in the eighth inning of the Runnin' Bulldogs' 8-7 win over Valparaiso at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team finished out the Central Missouri Invitational in N. Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, dropping three matches. Senior Torrie Decker earned All-Tournament Team honors.
Justin Zosso repeated as the indoor pole vault champion and Brandon Riley set the school record in the 400 meter prelims as the Valpo men's track team finished day one of the Horizon League Indoor Championship in first place.
Sarah Peters bested her school record in the pole vault to win the Horizon League title and lead Valpo on the first day of the Horizon League Indoor Championship.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team posted one of its highest scoring days of the season on Saturday as it continued play at the Central Missouri Invitational from N. Kansas City, Mo., including a win over host #4 Central Missouri.
The Valpo swimming teams concluded the Horizon League Championship on Saturday. 14 new school records were set over the four days.
Gardner-Webb managed to keep the Brown and Gold off the scoreboard until junior Dustin Beasley's ninth inning solo jack thwarted the Runnin' Bulldogs shutout attempt in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Valpo's bullpen didn't allow an earned run in three innings of work, but the offense went 0-for-13 at the dish with runners on base.
Senior Sharon Karungi and freshman Jasmyn Walker both posted double-doubles, but Detroit shot 50% from the field to score a 78-57 victory over Valpo on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team had its five-match winning streak snapped at the hands of third-ranked University of Illinois Saturday morning at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana.
Three outright Horizon League regular season championships in four years. The Valparaiso men’s basketball team made sure they would share the title banner with no other team on Friday night, winning at Cleveland State 56-53 to finish atop the league with a 13-3 record. Alec Peters' four-point play with 1:11 to play all but capped the win as he finished with 15 points, as the Crusaders secured hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
Fifth-year senior Torrie Decker posted a team-best 217.8 average on Friday to lead #17 Valparaiso as the Crusaders opened the Central Missouri Invitational in N. Kansas City, Mo.
Freshman Dani Gomez Barrientos set school records in the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard freestyle and was on the 200 yard freestyle relay that broke the program record to lead Valpo on the third day of the Horizon League Championships.
Junior Dalton Lundeen retired 15 Runnin' Bulldogs in a row at one point during his career-high 10-strikeout performance Friday, but three errors came back to bite the Crusaders in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
The sun sets on another home slate for the Valparaiso women’s basketball team this Saturday afternoon when Detroit makes its annual trip to the ARC. The Crusaders will honor their three seniors (Jessica Carr, Sharon Karungi, Jessica Dill) prior to the 1:35 pm tipoff. Saturday will also serve as the team’s annual Father-Daughter Game. Each daughter in attendance with her father will receive a t-shirt and team-autographed poster.
Freshman Cary Milanes was victorious twice Friday, but the Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the undefeated Wayne State Warriors at The Courts of NWI.
The Valparaiso men’s track and field team looks to heat up the track this weekend at the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships at Youngstown State.
The Valparaiso women’s track and field team looks to finish their indoor season on a high note at the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at Youngstown State.
Senior Flavia Segatto bettered her school record in the women's 500 yard freestyle and the women's 400 yard medley relay team also set the school record at the Horizon League Championships on Thursday.
After inclement weather wiped out all three scheduled games last weekend in Nashville, Valpo hits the road for its Spring trip with the hopes of playing nine games in the span of twelve days. Early forecast models hint that the Crusaders may be in for more of the same as the Carolinas have received uncharacteristic winter precipitation already this week.
The regular season all comes down to one game for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team, as the Crusaders head into Cleveland State Friday night needing a win to secure the outright league regular season title and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
Five Crusaders finished in double figures Wednesday night, but seniors Imani Gordon and Cori Coleman boosted Cleveland State to a 77-70 victory over Valpo at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team saw its first chance to claim the outright Horizon League regular season title slip by the wayside Wednesday evening in Detroit, Mich., as the Titans’ Juwan Howard Jr. hit three free throws with 1.3 seconds to play to send the Crusaders to a 63-60 defeat.
The Valpo swimming teams set three records on Wednesday on day one of the Horizon League Championships. Dani Gomez Barrientos set the mark in the 1000 yard freestyle, while the men's 200 yard freestyle relay and 200 yard medley relay also set the top times.
Valpo track and field head coach Ryan Moore joined the Valpo Coaches Show to recap the Crusaders indoor season and preview this weekend's Horizon League Championships.
Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team heads off for a Wednesday night matchup against Detroit looking to clinch the outright championship and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
Freshman Dani Franklin is expected to return for the Brown and Gold Wednesday night as Valparaiso welcomes Cleveland State to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the penultimate home game of the 2014-15 season. The Crusaders are looking to earn a split in the regular season series versus the Vikings, who emerged with a 69-62 victory over Valpo back on January 8th.
Heading into the final week of the regular season with a chance to clinch the outright Horizon League title, men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.
The Valpo swimming teams head to Milwaukee for the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships starting on Wednesday.
When one door closes, another one opens, and that’s what has happened for the Valparaiso softball team. Following the cancelation of the Crusaders’ scheduled tournament this coming weekend, head coach Kate Stake added a trip to Kissimmee, Fla. and the Rebel Spring Games to Valpo’s spring break slate.
After posting three multi-hit games in four contests last week, including her first career four-hit game, Valparaiso sophomore Jorgi Calombaris has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.
The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled games this weekend at Arkansas’ Wooo Pig Classic from Fayetteville, Ark. have been canceled, as the tournament has been called off due to anticipated inclement weather. The tournament will not be rescheduled.
Coming off a historic fall campaign, Coach David Gring revealed the 2015 Spring schedule for the Crusader men’s golf team, a docket that will see them play in five tournaments over the course of eight weeks.
Cold weather and ice have created potentially hazardous conditions at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville. As a result, Valpo and Belmont's Sunday doubleheader has been cancelled.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer towards a Horizon League regular season title on Saturday evening in front of a packed house on Senior Night at the ARC, out-dueling Wright State in a hard-fought contest, 55-48. With the win, the Crusaders are now 25-4 overall and own a 12-2 mark in league play, one game up on Cleveland State with two games left to play.
The Valpo men's track and field team geared up for the Horizon League Indoor Championships with their final tune-up at the Blue and Orange Open on Saturday.
The Crusader women's track and field team finished their indoor regular season at the Orange and Blue Open at the University of Illinois on Saturday.
Four Crusaders made their way into double figures, but Penguin forward Heidi Schlegel recorded 38 points for the second straight game Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Jasmyn Walker tallied her third consecutive double-double as the freshman finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team fell 7-0 to Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford.
Jenna Stauffenberg tallied four hits Saturday as the Crusader softball team split its final two games from the Samford Invitational. Valpo defeated Alabama State, 8-2, as it scored eight unanswered runs, but fell in the finale against Samford, 12-1.
Uncanny weather in the lower Midwest caused the cancellation of the Mule Mix Classic. Instead of a round-robin versus Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb, and Belmont, the Crusaders will face the Bruins three times this weekend in Nashville. Audio and live stats will be available for all three scheduled games. Follow @ValpoBaseball1 for the latest information regarding game times.
Leadoff hitter Jorgi Calombaris enjoyed a 7-for-8 day at the plate on Friday, but it would not be enough to lead Valparaiso to a win, as the Crusaders fell in their opener to Houston Baptist, 13-8, and then gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss to host Samford. Tarah McShane connected on a pair of home runs in the opener as well.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team is now the owner of an 8-0 home record after a pair of shutouts over Olivet Nazarene and Chicago State at The Courts of NWI on Friday. Kyle Dunn and Jeffrey Schorsch both went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles, while Lucas Waak put up a 2-0 record in doubles action and collected a victory in his lone singles match.
Cancer survivors will be honored prior to tipoff of the Valpo women's 1:35 pm tilt versus Youngstown State on Saturday. The Crusaders can move to within one game of Milwaukee with a win over a Penguins' squad who opened this season with a 10-game winning streak.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team concludes the regular season home slate Saturday evening as it looks to remain atop the Horizon League standings, hosting Wright State on Senior Night. Crusader seniors David Chadwick and Vashil Fernandez will be honored prior to the game, while Valpo drawstring backpacks will be given out to the first 1,000 fans through the doors.
A 12-minute field goal drought by the Brown and Gold allowed Green Bay to run away with an 87-45 victory Thursday night at the Kress Events Center. Freshman Jasmyn Walker posted her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend with four games at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. This is the first of three consecutive weekends with tournament action for the Crusaders. With inclement weather in the forecast, the schedule has been adjusted and Valpo will play two games apiece on Friday and Saturday.
Valparaiso travels to Green Bay to square off against the first-place Phoenix Thursday night before returning home for a three-game homestand. Reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week Jasmyn Walker (9.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG) leads the Crusaders into the Kress Events Center where Valpo seeks its first win since March 1st, 1991.
Valpo men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced the addition of six players to the program on Wednesday. The 2015 class features two recruits Northwest Indiana, two additions from the Chicago area and two players with international experience.
Valpo swimming head coach Howard Hunte joins the Valpo Coaches Show to recap the season and preview the Horizon League Championships.
A forecast calling for inclement weather in Nashville has forced the cancellation of a round-robin style tournament involving Valparaiso baseball. Valpo will instead face Belmont only this weekend. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday (time TBA), and a single game on Sunday (time TBA).
Hebble won both her matches at No. 2 handily last week, including a 6-2, 6-2 triumph in the Crusaders' 4-3 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as the two look back at a pair of tight victories last weekend against Green Bay and Milwaukee, and look ahead to a Senior Night showdown with Wright State Saturday evening.
Following a 2-0 weekend that put Valparaiso atop the Horizon League standings, a pair of Crusaders have earned weekly honors. Freshman Tevonn Walker was named Freshman of the Week by the Horizon League – his second honor from the league office this season – and earned Lou Henson Award national Player of the Week accolades, while junior Darien Walker was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Jasmyn Walker was rewarded for her outstanding performance versus Milwaukee last Thursday with her third Horizon League Freshman of the Week award. Walker's 18 points and 13 rebounds rallied the Crusaders to a 69-56 victory over the visiting Panthers.
Valparaiso shrugged off the fact it faced its first halftime deficit in six weeks Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee, shooting 65.2% in the second half to rally from the five-point margin at the break and down the Panthers 62-55. The win was the sixth straight for the Crusaders, who improved to 24-4 overall and maintained first place in the Horizon League standings at 11-2.
Valparaiso left 12 runners on base in a 3-0 loss to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Delaney enjoyed his third straight multi-hit game. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a double, capping off a 6-for-11 (.545) weekend.
Valparaiso picked up two more wins on the 2014-15 season Sunday, defeating SIU-Carbondale and Grace College at the Courts of NWI.
All nine starters recorded at least one hit for the Crusaders including Dustin Beasley and Daniel Delaney, who both homered in Saturday's game. Valpo banged out 12 runs on 16 hits, but San Diego State scored four runs in three different frames and threw up a seven-spot in the eighth inning of a 22-12 slugfest at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, California.
The Valparaiso men's track and field team finished up action at the Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue on Saturday.
Jazmin Taylor won the high jump as the Crusaders took part in day two action at the Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue.
For the first time in 24 years, the Valparaiso men's tennis team defeated Butler. The Crusaders surged to a 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs at the Courts of NWI Saturday night.
Sitting alone in first place with just four games left in the regular season, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has a quick turnaround to a Sunday afternoon game, as the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee for a 1 p.m. tip. Valpo enters the game on a five-game winning streak, its fourth winning streak of at least five games this year.
Freshman Kathleen Hebble won her second singles match in as many days at No. 2, but IUPUI escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Valparaiso women's tennis team Saturday afternoon at the Courts of NWI.
Junior Dalton Lundeen pitched very well in his 2015 debut, but shaky defense cost Valparaiso in a 5-4 defeat in its season opener versus San Diego State Friday night. The Crusaders recorded four miscues altogether, but three in particular translated into four unearned runs for the Aztecs.
Tevonn Walker finishes with a game-high 20 points as Valparaiso led by as many as 15 in the second half and held off Green Bay down the stretch for a 63-59 win at the ARC Friday night. The win moves the Crusaders into sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.
Valpo had 11 athletes compete in the Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue on Friday. Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) improved her third best mark in Valpo history in the weight throw.
A dramatic three-set win from Cary Milanes at No. 3 singles lifted the Valparaiso women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over visiting Nebraska-Omaha Friday afternoon at the Courts of NWI.
Valparaiso raises the curtain on the 2015 season Friday evening in Southern California. The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Brown and Gold in a three-game set at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs have been picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to help power the Valparaiso women's basketball team past Milwaukee, 69-56, at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday night. The 56 points allowed were the fewest surrendered by the Crusaders since November 20th.
Two of the three teams tied atop the Horizon League standings square off at the ARC Friday night, as Valparaiso hosts Green Bay at 6 p.m. live on ESPN2. The Crusaders have won nine straight home games.
For the first time in three years, Valpo baseball enters the spring as the hunter as opposed to the hunted. Second-year head coach Brian Schmack welcomes an array of newcomers highlighted by a handful of JUCO-proven transfers. The Crusaders open the 2015 campaign Friday evening in Southern California.
Valparaiso sophomore men's track and field athlete Justin Zosso (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and freshman women's swimmer Dani Gomez Barrientos (Mexico City, Mexico/Grandview [Fla.] Prep) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for January.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last Sunday's win over Oakland and what has been working well for Valpo recently, and looks ahead to a pair of tough games this week against Green Bay and at Milwaukee.
The Horizon League released its preseason coaches' poll Wednesday afternoon. Valpo received 19 points in the survey, which landed them in fourth place in the six-team conference. The 19 points represent the same total as the 2014 poll.
The Crusaders play their first of four home games in the month of February this Thursday evening at 7:05 pm. Led by senior Ashley Green (20.0 PPG, 7.8 RPG), Milwaukee is currently occupied in a four-team logjam for fourth place in the Horizon League.
Head coach Dave Cecchini announced Tanner Kuramata as the team's Offensive MVP, junior John Guilford as Defensive MVP, and freshman Jarrett Morgan as Special Teams' Most Valuable Player in a season that saw the Crusaders achieve four wins for the first time since 2007.
Justin Zosso was named the Horizon League Men's Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, the league announced. Zosso bested his own top mark in the pole vault at Notre Dame on Friday by 13 inches as he won his fifth title in six meets.
The Valpo women's golf program announced their spring schedule on Tuesday. The slate includes two trips to Florida, including the Horizon League Championship.
Back-to-back 20-point performances versus Detroit and Wright State have earned Dani Franklin her third Horizon League Freshman of the Week award, as announced by the league office Monday. Franklin has averaged 16.0 points per game and shot 52.7% from the field in her last six contests.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team fell in its toughest match to date, 6-1, to #26 Northwestern Sunday evening at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois. Kyle Dunn battled to earn his eighth singles win of the season. The sophomore dismissed Alex Pasareanu at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-3.
Six Crusaders score in double figures and Valpo posted a key 8-2 run late in the second half to pull away for an 82-76 win over Oakland at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Crusaders to 22-4 on the season and 9-2 in Horizon League play.
The Valparaiso softball team finished the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Ga. on Sunday with a third-place finish after earning a run-rule victory over IPFW for the second straight day, 9-1. Mollie Lindeman earned the win on Sunday, while Taylor Lawson and Stephanie Moreno represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Sunday's game against Oakland, which has been moved to a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised nationwide by the American Sports Network. In the Chicagoland market, it will be carried on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus, while various regional sports networks from coast to coast will pick up the broadcast as well. Check the attached PDF for a full list of networks. In addition, it will be live streamed online at AmericanSportsNet.com.
Jazmin Taylor, Sarah Peters and Sophia Robinson all claimed individual titles at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago on Saturday to lead the Crusaders to a fifth-place finish.
Jacob Smutz, Jacob Frey and Andrew Guzek set the second, third and fourth best marks in Valpo history in the weight throw at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders finished in second as a team.
Crusaders run-rule IPFW, 10-2, in Saturday's opener at the Mercer Invitational for Kate Stake's first win as a collegiate head coach. Valpo fell to Mercer, 5-4, in the nightcap and will face IPFW in its tournament finale Sunday. Taylor Lawson picked up a team-best six hits on the day.
Jessica Carr's half-court heave gave Valparaiso a 42-40 halftime lead over Wright State. However, the Raiders responded with a 26-3 run as part of a 55-point second half en route to a 95-66 win versus the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team dropped just one set in its 7-0 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois Saturday at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders (4-0) wrap up this week's action at #26 Northwestern Sunday evening in Evanston.
Valparaiso welcomes Oakland to the ARC as two of the four teams with two losses in league play match up. Valpo has won eight straight home games, while the Golden Grizzlies have won seven of the last nine in the series - all of which have seen the two teams separated by six points or fewer in regulation.
Senior Megan Barthels rallied back after dropping the first set at No. 5 singles to earn a 4-6, 7-5, 12-10 victory at Bradley on Saturday morning. The Crusaders also registered a win at No. 3 doubles behind Cary Milanes/Michele Fredlake's 6-4 triumph.
The Valparaiso softball team opened the season at the Mercer Invitational on Friday, falling to Jacksonville State 5-4 and Mercer 12-4. Freshman Stephanie Moreno had four hits on the day to lead the Crusaders.
Sophomore Justin Zosso broke his own Crusader record in the pole vault by 13 inches on Friday at the prestigious Meyo Invitational.
The junior duo of Sarah Peters and Megan Howdeshell and senior Jazmin Taylor took part in the famous Meyo Invitational on Friday at Notre Dame.
The Valparaiso volleyball program has brought in a number of heralded prep performers in the past. But none of them have earned the honor that 2015 incoming freshman Katherine Carlson recently received, as Carlson was named a Second Team High School All-American by Volleyball Magazine, as presented by Mizuno. Just 24 athletes nationwide were named First or Second Team All-Americans by the publication.
Valparaiso wraps up its swing trip Saturday afternoon in search of a regular season series split with Wright State. Freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker starred for the Crusaders in last month’s meeting versus the Raiders, as they combined for 33 points and 18 rebounds.
Located in nearby Whiting, Oil City Stadium will serve as the host facility for the 2015 Horizon League Baseball Championship.
What began as an intriguing battle between two budding freshmen blossomed into a thorough team effort from the Crusaders Thursday night. Valpo manufactured a 74-68 victory over the Titans in Motor City thanks in part to three players finishing in double figures.
Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters received recognition Thursday for his work both on the hardwood and in the classroom, as he earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team. With the Academic All-District honors, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.
The Pioneer Football League released its Academic Honor Roll Thursday afternoon and Valparaiso boasts 41 players on the selective list. The PFL as a whole named 568 student-athletes to its Honor Roll, a new record.
Valparaiso Athletics is happy to reveal the prizes for the Crusader Social Rewards program for the spring 2015 semester. Students, faculty and staff, and fans and alumni can win prizes simply by registering through the Social Rewards website and interacting with Valpo Athletics on social media.
Darien Walker scored a career-high 21 points, while Tevonn Walker added 19 points as well as the Crusaders snapped a three-game home losing streak to Detroit with a 78-70 win at the ARC on Wednesday. The win improves Valpo's record to 21-4 overall and keeps the Crusaders in a tie atop the Horizon League standings.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team will look to defend its Horizon League championship in 2015 with the help of seven new additions, as Crusader head coach John Marovich announced Wednesday the program had inked seven players to National Letters of Intent.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the 2015 recruiting class. The Brown and Gold officially inked 28 players on Wednesday, the first day student-athletes are able to sign National Letters of Intent with their respective institutions.
With the 2015 softball season set to open this weekend, the Horizon League released its preseason poll on Wednesday, and Valparaiso was picked to finish in third place. Before the Crusaders head to Macon, Ga., head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show to look back at how the fall season and spring practices have prepared the team for the start of the season, and what she hopes to get out of the early-season competition.
Horizon League play continues for the Valparaiso women's basketball team Thursday night at Calihan Hall. Three-time HL Freshman of the Week Darianne Seward and the Titans welcome Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker, both two-time recipients of the award, in a 6:00 pm CT tilt.
With the dawn of the 2015 softball campaign right around the corner, four Valparaiso softball players picked up preseason All-Horizon League accolades from College Sports Madness on Tuesday, highlighted by the selection of junior Kaitlyn Ranieri as the site’s preseason Field Player of the Year.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to keep its hold on a share of first place in the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders kick off a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against Detroit. Valpo is looking to snap a three-game home losing streak to the Titans. The first 1,000 fans through the doors Wednesday receive a free pair of Valpo sunglasses.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team's home game against Oakland this Sunday, February 8 has been moved to a 2 p.m. tipoff. In addition, the home game versus Green Bay on Friday, February 13 will tip at 6 p.m. and will be televised live nationwide on ESPN2.
Assistant men's soccer coach David Stroud has accepted a position as the goalkeeper coach for the Haitian Women's National Team.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following a pair of Crusader victories this past weekend. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced his team's 2015 schedule Tuesday morning. Valparaiso will open the season at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3rd before welcoming Sacred Heart to Brown Field in the home opener on Sept. 12th. San Diego visits Valpo two weeks later to open the PFL schedule.
Head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last Saturday's win at UIC and look ahead to home games this week against Detroit and Oakland.
#15 Valparaiso concluded the Prairie View A&M Invitational from Arlington, Texas on Sunday, posting a 10th-place finish.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team was set to put its undefeated record on the line Monday versus #6 Illinois. However, inclement weather has forced that match to be pushed back to Saturday, February 28th at Notre Dame.
A day after dispatching IPFW with a smooth 6-1 result, the Valparaiso men's tennis team battled its way to a 5-2 victory over IUPUI Saturday afternoon at the Courts of NWI.
Crusaders hold off UIC surge for 70-65 win in Chicago Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for first in the Horizon League standings and reaching the 20-win mark earlier than any other team in program history. Vashil Fernandez broke Valpo's single-season blocked shots record in the win, while Darien Walker earned his first double-double as a Crusader in the return to his hometown.
#15 Valparaiso continued action from the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, facing its most challenging single-day lineup of opponents since the Crusaders’ NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.
Valparaiso placed a league-high 10 student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2014 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office.
Jazmin Taylor tied her program-best in the high jump at the Findlay Open on Friday to lead the Crusaders.
Justin Zosso won his fourth pole vault title in five meets and Alexander Watson set the third best Valpo mark ever in the event at the Findlay Open.
Facing perhaps the toughest overall tournament field it will take on all year, the #15 Valparaiso bowling team opened the Prairie View A&M Invitational on Friday with a pair of wins.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team won its home opener Friday afternoon over IPFW, 6-1, at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders' record improved to 2-0 while Michael Savaglio and Jeffrey Schorsch moved into double-digit wins in the singles column, joining sophomore Charlie Emhardt and freshman Garrett Gardner.
Crusaders go after their 20th win of the season Saturday, making the short trip to Chicago to face UIC. The game, slated for a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised by the American Sports Network - locally available on Comcast Sports Net Chicago Plus - and streamed live online on the ASN website.
The Valparaiso women's basketball team outscored the visiting Green Bay Phoenix 35-29 in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the defending Horizon League regular season champions advanced to 6-0 in league play with a 67-52 victory Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valpo men's soccer team announced that their VIP Spring Break Camp will take place on March 15 at the ARC.
Valparaiso plays host to perennial powerhouse Green Bay on Thursday evening at the ARC. The Phoenix are five wins away from their 16th straight campaign of 20 wins or more. Meanwhile, the Crusaders are in search of their fourth win at home this season.
For the second year in a row, the UIC Pavilion rims were unkind to the Brown and Gold as the visitors weathered a dry spell of nearly eleven minutes in the first half of a 60-42 loss to the Flames on Tuesday night.
Freshman Garrett Gardner was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday. Gardner was instrumental in the Crusaders' 5-2 victory over Toledo on Saturday.
Sarah Peters was named the Horizon League Female Field Athlete of the Week after capturing the pole vault title at the IPFW Duals. She is the second winner in a row for Valpo, as Jazmin Taylor won last week.
Valpo out-scores Milwaukee 30-5 over the game's first 14 minutes Monday night and cruises to a 73-48 win over the Panthers to improve to 19-4 on the year. Alec Peters led all players with 24 points and David Skara added 14 points as the Crusaders moved to 6-2 at the halfway mark of Horizon League play.
Head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced the addition of two transfers, Isaiah Madrid and Deven Mason, for the 2015 season. Mardrid, from Florida Gulf Coast, and Mason, from Virginia Tech, both hail from Albuquerque, N.M. and were teammates at Eldorado High School.
Valparaiso will make the short trip over to the Windy City Tuesday night for a Horizon League contest versus UIC. The two teams will close out the regular season series after meeting just 17 days prior at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Both teams are coming off road losses to Milwaukee in their last games.
#15 Valparaiso closed out play at the Kutztown Invitational on Sunday, winning two more matches as the Crusaders finished in 15th place out of the 27-team field.
Crusaders kick off a stretch of four out of five games at home Monday evening against Milwaukee. Valpo hasn't lost consecutive games all season.
Giveaways at all five home games highlight the promotional schedule for the remainder of the Valparaiso men’s basketball regular season. For Monday night's game against Milwaukee, the Crusader will be celebrating his birthday, the coaching staff will be sporting sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer, and the first 2,000 fans will receive new Valpo rally towels.
Senior Megan Barthels gritted out a pair of tiebreakers at No. 5 singles before eventually falling to Maria Bessmertnaya 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-5. Akron claimed a 7-0 victory over Valparaiso at the Butler Bubble in Indianapolis.
Trailing 2-0 following doubles play and the first match of singles action, the Valparaiso men's tennis team rattled off five consecutive singles victories to close out a 5-2 triumph over Toledo at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Maumee, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders swimming teams closed out their regular seasons with a dual win at the ARC pool over Eastern Illinois on Senior Day.
#15 Valparaiso earned four victories on Saturday, including a win over the nation’s second-ranked team, as the Crusaders continued action at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa.
The battle of Horizon League leaders lived up to the hype Friday evening in Green Bay, but in the end, Valpo couldn't get a pair of chances for the go-ahead basket in the final 20 seconds to fall, as the Phoenix defeated the Crusaders, 51-50.
#15 Valparaiso kicked off the Kutztown Invitational on Friday from Reading, Pa., posting a 3-2 record on the opening day of action.
The Valpo women's track team went 3-2 at the IPFW Duals with four title winners. Sarah Peters set a new meet record in the pole vault, while Hannah Reynard and Megan Howdeshell put their names into the Valpo record books.
The Crusader men went 4-0 at the IPFW Duals as three individuals took home four titles. Justin Zosso set a meet record in the pole vault (4.40m/14-5.25).
Crusaders close out three-game road swing on ESPNU Friday night at 8 p.m. at Green Bay. Valpo has won five in a row, is 18-3 overall and receiving votes in the USA Today coaches poll, while the Phoenix own a 16-4 record. The two squads are tied with Cleveland State atop the Horizon League standings.
Lexi Miller posted a career-high 21 points while Jessica Carr recorded a career-best eleven assists, but Milwaukee claimed a 90-79 shootout at the Klotsche Center on Wednesday evening behind Ashley Green's 31 points.
With Horizon League play underway for the Valparaiso women's basketball team, head coach Tracey Dorow joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss the contributions she's received from a pair of freshmen, and what the Crusaders can expect in the week to come.
Senior midfielder Zev Taublieb was recently named a First-Team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review. Taublieb is the first Crusader to be honored by the organization.
Crusaders improve to 18-3 on the season and move into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings with a 77-62 win at Youngstown State Tuesday night. Jubril Adekoya scored a career-high 14 points, one of four Valpo players to finish in double figures.
A newly-formed consortium of eight NCAA women’s bowling programs, including Valparaiso University, have agreed to compete as the Southland Bowling League beginning in 2015, with the immediate goals of competing at the highest level and automatically qualifying for NCAA Championship in the near future.
After playing five of its last six games inside the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso hits the road for a Wednesday night showdown with Milwaukee. Senior Jessica Carr needs just five three-pointers to reach 100 for her career.
Jazmin Taylor was named the Horizon League Female Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday following her third straight high jump crown.
Milt Schoon, a member of the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame and a key component of the Crusader men’s basketball program in the mid-1940’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 92.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as they look back at a gritty win at Wright State Saturday evening and look ahead to two more challenging road games ahead this week.
In recognition of its #oneVALPO campaign, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team received the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Award during Valparaiso University’s annual Convocation service as part of the University’s celebration of the life and vision of Dr. King on Monday.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team brings a 17-3 overall record to Youngstown State on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders continue their three-game road swing. A win Tuesday night would move Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League standings.
Jasmyn Walker earned her second career Freshman of the Week honor from the Horizon League office after averaging 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in two league tilts.
#15 Valparaiso closed out the Mid-Winter Invitational, hosted by Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark., with a 12th-place finish on Sunday.
Crusaders score nine straight points over a crucial 3:30 stretch late in the second half to push a one-point lead to 10 points en route to a 66-56 win at Wright State Saturday night to improve to 17-3. Vashil Fernandez led Valpo with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped its season opener 7-0 to Western Michigan Saturday evening in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Freshman Cary Milanes made waves in her first spring match.
Valpo fell to Horizon League foe UIC today in their final league meet. The men lost 171.5-115.5, while the women fell 162-115.
#15 Valparaiso continued action at the Mid-Winter Invitational from Jonesboro, Ark. on Saturday, but posted just a 1-4 mark on the day, as the Crusaders were faced with three squads which broke 1,000 in their match against Valpo.
The Wright State women's basketball team closed the first half on a 13-2 run as the Raiders claimed an 80-62 win over Valpo at the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. Freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 33 points while the latter recorded her second double-double in four games.
Justin Zosso bested his own program record in the pole vault by two inches on Friday to lead the Crusaders at the Mike Lints Alumni Open.
15th-ranked Crusaders return to action at the Mid-Winter Invitational Friday after over two months away from competition.
The Crusaders dropped a dual meet on Saturday to Horizon League foe Green Bay. The men lost 121-71, while the women fell 127-72.
Valparaiso wraps up its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon versus Wright State at 1:35 pm. Player of the Year candidate Tay’ler Mingo (22.7 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.7 SPG) will lead the charge for the Raiders while Jasmyn Walker seeks to continue her excellence in Horizon League play (15.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG).
Valparaiso entered Thursday evening's game owners of the Horizon League's best three-point field percentage, but a 1-for-15 night from beyond the arc hamstrung the Crusaders in a 71-54 loss to Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 115 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2014 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.
A week's break between games ends for the Valparaiso men's basketball team Saturday evening, as the Crusaders kick off a three-game road stretch at Wright State. Valpo enters the game at 16-3 on the season, the first time since the World's Tallest Team in 1944-45 it has held this good a record this late into the season.
The Horizon League released its men's and women's tennis preseason tennis polls Thursday. The men were selected third, while the women were slotted to finish eighth.
Senior Stuart Barkley (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) was one of just 50 student-athletes named to the 17th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Dani Gomez Barrientos was named the Horizon League Swimmer of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.
Valparaiso continues one of its longest home stretches of the season Thursday when Oakland visits the ARC for a 7:05 pm tipoff. The Golden Grizzlies made quick work of the visiting Milwaukee Panthers in their league opener last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold are in pursuit of their first Horizon League victory of the 2014-15 season.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last week's pair of wins and look ahead to a tough road matchup at Wright State this Saturday night.
Alec Peters scores 24 points as Valparaiso pulls out a hard-fought battle against Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC, 58-56. The Crusaders improve to 16-3 with the win - one of just two programs in the nation with 16 wins.
The Crusaders returned to the pool Saturday in a split decision against Rose-Hulman. The women won 193-58, while the men lost 181.5-80.5.
Sparked by Ruvanna Campbell's 30 points and 19 rebounds, UIC seized an 86-56 victory over the Crusaders Saturday afternoon. Valpo freshman Jasmyn Walker paced the Brown and Gold with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. It was the freshman's fourth consecutive double-figure tilt.
The Crusaders track and field teams returned to indoor competition today at the Lewis Open. Five athletes took home top honors in their first meet of 2015.
Valparaiso hosts its first Horizon League contest of the 2014-15 slate when HL Player of the Year candidate Ruvanna Campbell (16.9 PPG, 12.9 RPG) and the UIC Flames visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders and Flames will be meeting for the 42nd time in the history of the series, with the Brown and Gold holding a 21-20 advantage.
Crusaders host Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Valpo enters the game as one of just four teams in the nation with 15 wins. The first 300 fans through the door will receive free Valpo winter beanies.
Crusaders shoot better than 60% from the floor in an 85-56 win over UIC at the ARC Thursday night. Vashil Fernandez led five players in double figures with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker collected her first double-double Thursday, but Valparaiso fell to Cleveland State 69-62 at the Wolstein Center. The Crusaders return to action Saturday afternoon at 1:35 pm when the UIC Flames visit the ARC.
Former Crusader Josh Kalita returns to the men's golf program as an assistant coach. Kalita was a four-year member of the team from 2009-2013 and was a senior on the 2013 Horizon League Championship squad.
Valparaiso looks to improve to 2-1 in Horizon League play as it hosts UIC Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders have won 11 straight matchups in the series against the Flames.
Valparaiso aims to duplicate its regular season start when Horizon League play opens Thursday evening in Cleveland. Tomorrow evening's meeting represents the third of five trips to the state of Ohio for Valpo in 2014-15.
World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison returns to the ARC for the second straight year, as he will sing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders’ men’s basketball game against UIC this Thursday, January 8. Tickets are still available by visiting ValpoAthletics.com/Tickets or calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at the first weekend of Horizon League play and look ahead to a pair of home games this week on Thursday and Saturday night.
Alec Peters (men's basketball) and Dani Franklin (women's basketball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for December.
The Horizon League announced Jasmyn Walker as its Freshman of the Week Monday. The honor is the forward's first in a Crusader uniform. In two games last week, Walker averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game.
Tevonn Walker earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor from the Horizon League office after averaging 14.0 points per game last week in a trio of games.
Crusaders pull down most offensive rebounds in at least 25 seasons and hold Youngstown State to no field goals over the final eight minutes, pulling away late for a 79-64 win over the Penguins in Horizon League action. Keith Carter picked up his first career double-double in the victory.
Haylee Thompson nailed down her second straight double-double, and Jasmyn Walker put together one of her strongest games in a Crusader uniform, but a pair of bookend runs by Stetson lifted the Hatters to a 73-62 win Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valparaiso begins Horizon League play Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss in its league opener, turning around just 40 hours later to host Youngstown State at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The game with the Penguins kicks off a three-game homestand this week for the Crusaders.
Crusaders rally from 16-point first-half deficit and send game into overtime on a Keith Carter 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds, but Oakland out-scores Valpo 18-4 in overtime for a 89-75 win. Tevonn Walker scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Crusaders.
The Crusaders will host Stetson on Saturday afternoon in a 1:35 pm CT tipoff in their final non-conference test of the 2014-15 season. The Brown and Gold have concluded non-league play with wins in six of their last eight seasons.
Sporting a 13-2 record, the Valparaiso men's basketball team opens up Horizon League play Friday night at Oakland at 6 p.m. CT. The all-time series has seen 14 of 24 meetings decided by five points or less, including the last seven matchups.
Head baseball coach Brian Schmack has announced that former Major League Baseball player and current Fox Sports analyst C.J. Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) will serve as guest speaker at the 5th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 31st inside the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom.
Three Crusaders notched double-doubles, freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker extended their career highs in points, and Valparaiso recorded its tenth-highest offensive output in a single game in a 109-81 win over Purdue-Calumet Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders hold James Madison to lowest field goal percentage, lead by 24 at the half en route to a 79-52 win on the road Monday night. The win sends Valpo, ranked fourth in the most recent Mid-Major top-25 poll, into Horizon League play with a 13-2 record.
The sun may be setting on 2014, but the Crusaders have one more date circled on this year’s calendar as they welcome Purdue-Calumet to the ARC on Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. The Peregrines are flying high in part because their high-octane offense ranks 3rd in scoring in NAIA Division II.
Valparaiso returns from Christmas to put a four-game winning streak on the line Monday evening at James Madison in the Crusaders’ final non-league game of the regular season. The Crusaders are ranked eighth in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25 poll and received a vote in last week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Sophomore Alec Peters named Horizon League men's basketball Player of the Week by the league for the second time this year after scoring 52 points in the last three halves of basketball, leading Valpo to a pair of wins.
Less than 24 hours after tallying six blocks in the Crusaders’ win at IPFW, senior Vashil Fernandez set a new program single-game record with eight blocked shots as Valparaiso rolled to a 82-55 victory over Goshen Sunday afternoon at the ARC. The Crusaders improved to 12-2 on the season with the win.
Crusaders rally from nine-point halftime deficit behind 23 second-half points from Alec Peters for 75-72 win at IPFW. Keith Carter added 18 points and Vashil Fernandez six blocks in the win. Valpo returns home looking for its 12th win of the year Sunday at 1:35 p.m. at the ARC against Goshen.
Anne Hamilton (Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) had the half of her life, Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) finished with career highs in points and rebounds, but it wasn't enough as SIU-Edwardsville turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 77-65 victory at the Vadalabene Center on Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso heads south for its penultimate game of the 2014 calendar year. A win Saturday would represent the Brown and Gold’s first in the state of Illinois since January 22nd, 2011, when they handed Loyola (Chicago) a 65-58 defeat in the Windy City.
Valparaiso looks to enter the Christmas break on a high note, as the Crusaders play games on back-to-back days this weekend. Valpo will travel to IPFW for a Saturday night contest before returning to the ARC Sunday afternoon to take on Goshen.
Four individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 21. Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Eric Kenesie, Laura (Rolf) Krupar and Gary Schroeder comprise the 18th class in Hall of Fame history.
Rita Craven adds to her impressive tally of awards, as she was named an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American - one of just 12 named to the team and the first in program history. Jenny Fassbinder earned Third Team Scholar All-American honors as well, while Kelsey Draper was a Third Team Scholar All-Region recipient.
Head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last weekend's victory over Ball State and look ahead to Saturday's IPFW contest.
Senior midfielder Zev Taublieb was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region second team on Tuesday.
Legendary Valparaiso football player, Fuzzy Thurston, who starred on the Crusader football team from 1953-1955 and later went on to win six NFL Championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 80.
The Horizon League named Dani Franklin as its Freshman of the Week on Monday. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native netted 18 points and six rebounds in both games this past week.
Valparaiso rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit and withstood a late Ball State comeback effort in a 65-62 win over their in-state foe at the ARC Saturday night. Alec Peters finished with his second career double-double as the Crusaders hit the ten-win mark - one of a handful of teams in the nation with double figures in the win column.
Saturday's tilt at the ARC had a handful of familiar ingredients: freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) led the Crusaders in scoring, and their opponent opened the contest with a double-digit run en route to a school record for three-pointers in a game.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand Saturday night when it hosts Ball State at the ARC. The Crusaders are looking to become one of the nation's first teams to reach the ten-win mark this season.
The Crusaders play their final home game before Christmas this weekend as Illinois stops by the ARC for a Saturday matinee. Valpo aims to jump back over the .500 mark at home versus its second Big Ten opponent in a month.
Valparaiso men’s golf coach Dave Gring announced today that Mitchell Wittmann has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader golf program as a freshman in the fall of 2015. Wittmann is ranked first in the WPGA Class of 2015.
Valparaiso improved to 9-2 on the season Wednesday night at the ARC, as all ten Crusaders who dressed played at least 14 minutes in Valpo’s 79-54 victory over Trinity International.
Sophomore defender Omar Lawrence was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Team on Wednesday.
Freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) led all scorers with 18 points, but the Crusaders dropped an 81-62 contest Tuesday night in a game that may be best remembered for its DakotaDome-record 11 jump balls.
Valparaiso looks to rebound from just its second loss of the season as it continues a three-game homestand Wednesday night at the ARC against Trinity International. The Crusaders had their seven-game winning streak snapped last time out.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's games and look ahead to matchups at home against Trinity International and Ball State this week.
Sophomore Emily Campbell was named an Honorable Mention All-Northeast Region selection by the AVCA on Tuesday.
Alex Green (football) and Torrie Decker (bowling) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for November.
Valparaiso travels to Vermillion, South Dakota for the first time ever Tuesday. The Coyotes, who represented the Summit League in the NCAA Tournament last season, are in the midst of a five-game homestand. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold enter Tuesday’s matchup attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Carly Trepanier has signed an NLI with the Crusaders and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season. Trepanier was a Second Team All-State honoree last season and helped lead Manteno [Ill.] H.S. to a state title game appearance.
Head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced the signings of Meredith Hamlet (sister of Annemarie), Claire Marburger, Hannah Schaub, and Allison Schofield on Monday. All four will begin their Crusader careers as freshmen in 2015-16.
Valpo set four more records on the final day of competition at the Calvin Winter Invitational. The men finished in fifth place, while the women finished in sixth.
Valpo suffers through worst shooting night at home in over 14 years, never leads in falling to New Mexico 63-46 Saturday night.
The Valpo track and field teams opened their indoor seasons at the Mastodon Open today. Seven Crusaders claimed individual titles
Jessica Carr recorded a career-high eight assists, but Tulsa raised the nylon on a school-record 15 threes in an 87-63 defeat of the Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo had four players finish in double figures including Jasmyn Walker, who contributed 16 points and nine rebounds.
Valparaiso women’s soccer junior midfielder Rita Craven found herself in some lofty company on Friday, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American - one of just 37 players in the nation to earn All-American honors. Craven is the first Crusader in program history to earn All-American accolades, and is one of just three players all-time from current Horizon League programs to receive the nation’s top honor.
The Valpo swim team set five school records today on day two of the Calvin Winter Invitational. Gonzalo Casto Diaz, Fred Jenny, and Max Penn all set school records individually and on the 400 yard medley relay. Flavia Segatto tied her school record in the women's 200 yard butterfly.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has been appointed to represent the Horizon League on the first NCAA Division I Council.
The Crusaders put their seven-game winning streak on the line Saturday as they host perennial Mountain West power New Mexico at the ARC at 7:05 p.m. The game, which can be seen live on ESPN3.com, will feature a halftime performance by the Chicago Bucket Boys.
Valpo begins their indoor season on Saturday when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. for the Mastodon Open. The Crusaders return four Horizon League champions from last year.
An action-packed Saturday is on tap at the Athletics-Recreation Center as women's basketball kicks off a day-night doubleheader at 1:35 pm versus Tulsa. The Crusaders and Golden Hurricane enter this weekend's tilt with identical 3-4 records.
The swimming and diving teams returned to the pool on Thursday in the Calvin Winter Invitational. The 800 yard freestyle of Dani Gomez Barrientos, Flavia Segatto, Makenna Cannon and Paiton Krebs set the fastest time in Crusader history with a 7:45.26 as they finished third.
Former Valpo track and field star Steve Bartholomew owns three school records. The Valparaiso native is now finding immense success owning his business. Learn about Bartholomew's remarkable story in our latest feature.
Senior cross country runner Jessica Richardson was named the Horizon League Scholar Athlete of the Month for October on Thursday.
Four Crusaders earn NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors - Rita Craven First Team; April Cronin, Jenny Fassbinder and Shelby Oelschlager Second Team. The quartet marked Valpo's first All-Region honorees since 2008.
13-0 run late in the second half key for the Crusaders as they win at Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night, 72-66 - snapping EKU's 25-game home non-conference winning streak. Alec Peters led the way with 21 points on seven 3-pointers as Valpo improved to 8-1 on the season.
Miami of Ohio turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 23-point victory Wednesday afternoon at Millett Hall in Oxford. RedHawk forward Hannah McCue nailed seven three-pointers as she scored a career-high 26 points and secured 15 rebounds. Jessi Wiedemann led Valpo in scoring with nine points.
Alec Peters is one of 98 nominees from Division I men's basketball for the NABC Good Works Team. Peters, a First Team All-League selection in the preseason this year, was nominated for his efforts in helping his hometown of Washington, Ill. recover from the tornadoes of last November.
Sydney Bronner, a three-time state champion in track and field; Katherine Carlson, Michigan Miss Volleyball as a senior; and Lizzie Zaleski, MVP of SportsTown Chicago All-Star Game all have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2015 campaign.
For the second straight season, junior linebacker Alex Green received Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team nod. The mechanical engineering major led the Crusader defense in tackles (108) while boasting a 3.53 grade-point average. Barkley, Guilford, Hutson, Lang voted to Second Team.
The Crusaders cross country teams announced the winners of their team awards on Tuesday. Jessica Richardson and David Rutkowski were named MVP's, Liz Bloy and Nathan Gafkjen were awarded Most Improved, and the trio of Eileen Carmignani, Michael Salguero and Adam Bruno were selected as the Coach's Award recipients.
Men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as the pair discuss Valpo's success last weekend at the Challenge in Music City and the challenges that lie ahead this week against Eastern Kentucky and New Mexico.
Crusaders head down to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. CT in search of a seventh straight win. Each of Valpo's last six wins have come by double figures, a stretch not seen from a Crusader team in nearly a decade.
Tanner Kuramata and Stuart Barkley represent the Valpo offense on the All-PFL Second Team, while Alex Green and John Guilford earn Second Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Graham III, Hall, Koeneman, Morgan, Nunes, Pennington receive Honorable Mention nods as announced by the league office Monday.
Valparaiso head coach Tracey Dorow and Miami (OH) head coach Cleve Wright went toe-to-toe seven times when their former teams were members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Dorow led Ferris State to a 6-1 record over the Wright-led Gannon Golden Knights from 2002-08. On Wednesday afternoon, the two reconvene in Oxford, Ohio for a non-conference tilt.
17 home games over 11 dates at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, at least six games against 2014 NCAA Tournament participants highlight the Crusader softball schedule for the 2015 campaign.
Crusaders roll to third win in three days, downing Portland 70-55 on Sunday to win the inaugural Challenge in Music City. Alec Peters earned Tournament MVP accolades and was joined by Darien Walker on the All-Tournament Team.
The Crusader women's basketball team ditched its polite defense Sunday en route to accumulating a season-best six steals, but #12 Louisville owned a 54-34 advantage in the paint as the Cardinals picked up an 86-59 win over the Brown and Gold at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders down Murray State at the Challenge in Music City on Saturday night, 93-58 - Valpo's largest margin of victory against a Division I team since 2002. Alec Peters led the way with 26 points and eight rebounds and Darien Walker added 19 points, setting up a game for the tournament title against Portland at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Valparaiso hosts a ranked opponent for the first time in nearly three years Sunday when the 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals fly into town for a matinee. Louisville is coming off a 2013-14 campaign that yielded a 33-win season highlighted by an Elite Eight appearance.
Crusaders lead start to finish in opening play at the Challenge in Music City in Nashville with a 66-46 win over Drake Friday night. Darien Walker scored 11 of his game-high 19 points early in the second half during the key run.
Crusader men get set to face Drake, Murray State and Portland this weekend at the Challenge in Music City following the Thanksgiving holiday. Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of six consecutive games away from the ARC.
Crusader women claim NSCAA Team Academic Award for 12th straight year, posting a team GPA of 3.51.
Akron exploded for a 59-point second half en route to a 100-65 victory over Valparaiso Tuesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena. Freshman Dani Franklin put up 16 points and eight rebounds, while Annemarie Hamlet reached double figures for the second time in her young Crusader career.
The men's soccer team was honored with their 12th straight NSCAA Team Academic Award on Monday.
Brian Pecyna and Chad Kissell have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2015-16 season. Pecyna, a Glen Ellyn, Illnois native, is ranked 218th in the nation. Kissell, an exceptional all-around athlete from Pennyslvania, is ranked second in the Middle States and 65th in the country.
The Crusader women will make their first of five trips to the state of Ohio this season when they tip-off versus the Akron Zips on Tuesday evening. The Zips represented the Mid-American Conference in last season's NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Valpo aims to do something it hasn't done in 40 seasons.
Four days after recording her first career double-double at Northern Illinois, freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors, as announced by the league office Monday.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with Todd Ickow on Monday in the season's final installment of the Valpo Football Preview. Cecchini recapped the season finale win over Davidson, assessed the Crusaders' 2014 campaign, and discussed the task ahead for his coaching staff heading into the off-season.
Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, both by the league office and by College Sports Madness, after leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 mark last week and setting a new career high with a 31-point effort against Maine.
Quarterback Ben Lehman became the second Crusader in three weeks to receive a PFL Player of the Week award as the senior was recognized for his 26-for-33 afternoon on Saturday. Lehman fired two touchdowns and recorded a season-high 78.8% completion percentage in Valpo's 27-13 victory over Davidson.
Valparaiso senior right side hitter Morgan Beil closed out her Crusader career by representing Valpo on the All-Tournament Team at the Horizon League Championship.
Alec Peters sets a new career high with 31 points, including 22 in the first half as Valpo jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead in a 93-70 victory over Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament. Peters and Vashil Fernandez represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Valparaiso shot over 50% from the field in both halves of its 79-61 victory over Tennessee Tech at the ARC. Jessica Carr dropped in 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range and Abby Dean registered 15 points. The Brown and Gold are off to their first 3-1 start since the 2008-09 season.
Dave Cecchini's first season as head football coach ended in celebration Saturday as Valparaiso knocked off Davidson 27-13 at Brown Field. The Crusaders (4-8, 2-6 PFL) put up points in every quarter and amassed 427 yards of total offense in their season finale victory. Tanner Kuramata hauled in ten passes for 122 yards as he concluded his Valparaiso career fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,315).
Crusaders fall to Milwaukee in straight sets in Horizon League semifinal Saturday evening. The loss closes out Valparaiso's 2014 campaign with a 25-8 overall record.
Valparaiso takes to the court for the third time in five days as its welcomes Tennessee Tech to the ARC for a Saturday night tilt. The Crusaders and Golden Eagles met last November for the first time in history, with TTU prevailing 84-78. Valpo is currently in a stretch where it plays one home game a week for five weeks.
Crusaders take down UIC in straight sets to open the Horizon League Championship behind ten kills from Allison Ketcham, double-doubles from Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell. Valpo advances to face Milwaukee in the semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.
Crusaders use 11-0 run to start second half to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 59-46 win Friday at the Central Michigan Tournament. Alec Peters led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Keith Carter set a new career high with seven assists.
Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) supplied the scoring, Jasmyn Walker (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) provided the rebounding, and Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) did both as Valparaiso collected its first road win of the season with a 65-50 defeat of Northern Illinois Thursday night at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.
A season chock full of progress comes to a close Saturday afternoon as Valpo welcomes Davidson to Brown Field in a 1:00 pm kickoff. Senior QB Ben Lehman needs just 20 passing yards to reach 2,000 for the season, while junior linebacker Alex Green requires three stops for his second consecutive 100-tackle campaign.
Valpo to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday afternoon and Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament this weekend. Sunday's game (9:45 a.m. ET, 8:45 a.m CT) will be the Crusaders' earliest start since hosting a 7 a.m. game two seasons ago as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.
The men's soccer team had one of its most successful seasons on and off the pitch in 2014. From the #oneValpo campaign to the programs' first-ever top-25 ranking, the Crusaders were champions in the community, classroom, and competition.
Crusaders enter the 2014 Horizon League Championship as the tournament's third seed, kick off tournament play from Oakland against sixth-seeded UIC Friday afternoon.
Led by 17 points from David Skara, six Crusaders scored in double figures Wednesday night in Valpo's 91-55 victory at the ARC over IU South Bend.
Valpo faces its first out-of-state opponent Thursday as Northern Illinois plays host to the Crusaders. The Huskies own a 17-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the Brown and Gold won the most recent affair, 54-49, last January in Valparaiso.
Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to discuss the first two games of the season, the play of Vashil Fernandez and E. Victor Nickerson and how the team approaches the week ahead with games against IU South Bend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Maine.
The installation of the Warren Hoger Track around Brown Field and the University’s purchase of the former Porter Hospital property have resulted in some changes and additions to the parking options for men’s basketball fans this season. Read on for more details.
Freshman Dani Franklin was 3-for-5 beyond the arc as her 11 points paced the Crusaders inside Assembly Hall Tuesday night. But Indiana's Tyra Buss and Larryn Brooks combined for 36 points and ten steals in a 81-49 Hoosier victory.
Crusaders look for their second straight home victory Wednesday night against IU South Bend. The game is the last chance for fans to catch Valpo at the ARC until December 6.
Flavia Segatto was named the Horizon League Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday after a quartet of first-place finishes over the weekend.
The Horizon League has reached an agreement with the American Sports Network (ASN) to provide supplemental national television coverage of Horizon League basketball this season. ASN will produce ten Horizon League men's basketball games, including a pair of the Crusaders' league games.
Valparaiso takes to the road for the first time Tuesday night when it squares off against Indiana. The Hoosiers waxed Gardner-Webb, 115-54, in their season opener Saturday. Tuesday represents the Crusaders’ first trip to Bloomington since Nov. 15th, 2006.
Sophomore Emily Campbell becomes Valpo's first Player of the Year since 2008, earning Horizon League co-Player of the Year honors. Kelsey Berrington and Kelsey Victor joined Campbell on the All-League team, while Taylor Graboski and Allison Ketcham were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow reviewed Saturday's gut-wrenching loss to San Diego, noted the team's increased confidence level, and look ahead to season finale this Saturday at home versus Davidson.
Sophomore Emily Campbell earned her second Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honor of the year after hitting .410 with a league-best 40 kills in a pair of Valpo wins last week.
Valparaiso could not overcome 32.6% shooting on the road at Missouri Sunday evening in Columbia, Mo., as the Tigers downed the Crusaders by a 56-41 final.
The Crusaders fell on the road to San Diego on Saturday afternoon on a last-second Hail Mary, 32-27. Ben Lehman went 20-of-30 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while Tanner Kuramata returned to action today with eight catches for 77 yards.
Valparaiso posts its best hitting percentage in over seven years in a three-set sweep of UIC to close out regular season action Saturday. Sophomore Emily Campbell moved into Valpo's single-season top-ten in kills early in the match.
Crusaders look to make it a perfect opening weekend as they play at Missouri Sunday evening at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live nationwide on the SEC Network.
Sadie Jasinski rolls a 275 to highlight a pair of 200+ efforts, while Torrie Decker also posted a pair of 200+ games, but the Crusaders went just 1-3 on their final day at Nebraska.
The Crusaders dropped a pair of dual meets to Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The men fell just short 137-122 and the women lost 162-95.
Four Crusaders score in double figures as Valparaiso opens the 2014-15 season with a 90-76 win over East Tennessee State.
Crusaders match their highest offensive output in a season opener since 1992 in a 91-57 victory over Butler on Friday evening. Five players finished in double figures including junior Abby Dean, who dropped in 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team kept #12/11 Notre Dame off the scoreboard for nearly the entirety of regulation in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Irish broke through for a goal with 50 seconds to play to down the Crusaders, 1-0. The loss brings to a close the best season in program history (14-2-4) for Valpo.
The Crusaders swimming teams split a dual meet at Rose-Hulman on Friday evening. The women won their second meet in a row, 117-86, while the men lost 158-78.
The Crusaders cross country teams concluded their seasons today in Madison, Wis. at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Adam Bruno and David Rutkowski both set the third-best in Valpo history as they crossed the tape in 32:53.
Sadie Jasinski rolled a 268 game on Friday, the sixth-best individual effort in program history, as #15 Valparaiso continued action at the Big Red Invitational.
Crusaders add pair of big men in the early signing period, as Daniel Relvao and Derrik Smits have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valpo program as freshmen in 2015-16.
Valparaiso travels to UIC on Saturday with third place in the Horizon League standings on the line in the regular season finale.
Head coach Tracey Dorow is in search of her 250th career win as the Crusaders begin the 2014-15 regular season versus longtime rival Butler. In addition to a new coaching staff, the Bulldogs welcome six new players from a squad that went 10-8 in Big East play a season ago.
#15 Valparaiso shatters previous five-game baker match record as the Crusaders opened up the Big Red Invitational from Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday night.
After claiming its first Horizon League championship last weekend, Valparaiso heads to its second NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2005, making the hour trip east to take on #12/11 Notre Dame, a number-four national seed, Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the NCAA Tournament winners of 12 straight matches, the nation’s second longest streak.
Valparaiso head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the signing of four student-athletes to the recruiting class of 2015: C Scott Kapers (Schererville, In./Mt. Carmel), RHP Grant Inman (Ft. Wayne, In./Ft. Wayne Carroll), RHP Montana Quigley (Lake Forest, Ca./El Toro), and SS Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Ca./Chatsworth).
The Valparaiso men's basketball team officially lifts the lid on the 2014-15 regular season Friday night at the ARC at 7:30 p.m. against East Tennessee State. The family of former Crusader head coach Gene Bartow will be on hand for a special pre-game ceremony, including ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, Gene's son.
Valparaiso invades Southern California on Saturday for its penultimate game of the 2014 campaign. The Crusaders will carry the momentum of last week's 17-3 win over Butler into San Diego as the Toreros (8-1, 6-1 PFL) aim to clinch at least a share of the Pioneer Football League title.
Head coach Ryan Moore announced the schedules for the track and field teams on Tuesday, including the first-ever home meet on April 25 at Warren G. Hoger Track.
Emily Campbell tallies match-best 23 kills, Morgan Beil moves into Valpo's career top-ten in kills as well as the Crusaders earn a five-set win at IPFW Tuesday night.
The Valparaiso men's and women's tennis teams released its respective schedules Tuesday. The men host IPFW on Friday, January 30th at the Courts of NWI in their first home match of the spring while the women's home opener is slated for Friday, February 13th versus Nebraska-Omaha.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow to look ahead as the Crusaders open up the 2014-15 season this weekend with a pair of games - a Friday night home game against East Tennessee State and a Sunday afternoon game at SEC foe Missouri.
Champions of the Horizon League, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 in close proximity to campus, as the Crusaders have been sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game will be played Friday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. CT.
The men's soccer team fell to Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Championships in penalty kicks, 4-3, on Monday night.
Three Valpo men's soccer players were honored with Horizon League postseason awards on Monday. Zev Taublieb and Omar Lawrence were named Second-Team All-League, while Ramone Howell garnered All-Freshman Team honors.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow for this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two recapped Valpo's 17-3 statement win over Butler as well as what lies ahead for the Crusaders heading into their final road game of 2014.
Valpo travels to Cleveland State for a Monday night match against the Vikings to open the Horizon League Championships. Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm and can be seen on the Horizon League Network.
Junior defensive end accumulated three sacks as part of a seven-tackle performance that propelled Valpo to a 17-3 victory over Butler. The win brought the Hoosier Helmet back to Valparaiso for the first time since 2007.
The Crusaders find out where they're heading for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon - selection show viewing party begins in Ballroom A of the Harre Union on campus at 3 p.m. The show will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 3:30 p.m.
#15 Valparaiso finished up the sixth annual Crusader Classic at Inman's on Sunday, placing tenth in the final bracket.
Tournament MVP April Cronin scored the game's lone goal in the 84th minute as the Valparaiso women's soccer team won the 2014 Horizon League Championship over Detroit Saturday night at Brown Field, 1-0. With the title, the Crusaders' first since joining the Horizon League, Valpo advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Valpo's defense yielded its lowest point total versus Butler in 69 years as the Crusaders rolled to a 17-3 triumph at Brown Field on Saturday. Senior Ben Lehman threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns and added 45 yards on the ground while John Guilford netted three sacks. For the Brown and Gold, it was their first victory over Butler since 2007.
Crusaders fall on Senior Day at the ARC to Oakland, 3-1, despite 21 kills and 25 digs from Emily Campbell.
Crusaders take down #1 Nebraska behind a 257 game from freshman Aubree Trexler to highlight 4-2 day on second day of action at the Crusader Classic.
The Valpo women's swimming team claimed their first dual meet victory in three years as they took down Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon at the ARC pool.
Valpo clinched a spot in the Horizon League Championships with a 2-2 double-overtime draw against Oakland on Friday night. Nick Suker and Matt Gweh each scored goals to tie the game.
Dani Gomez Barrientos broke the school record in the women's 400 yard IM on Friday afternoon in a dual meet against Lewis.
Seniors lead the way for Valparaiso one night before Senior Night, as Kelsey Victor hits .647 with 11 kills and Lindsey Hauch picks up 19 digs in a three-set sweep of Wright State.
#15 Valpo splits six matches on opening day of the sixth annual Crusader Classic. #8 UW-Whitewater leads the team standings after day one.
Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad propel Crusaders to 2-0 win over Green Bay in semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Valpo faces Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m. at Brown Field for the league title.
Alec Peters scores 17 points and Darien Walker adds 16 points, including a key seven-point stretch in the second half, as the Crusaders down Grand Valley State 60-52 Thursday night at the ARC in their lone exhibition game.
Crusader junior John Guilford was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 First Team for his performance on the field and in the classroom. The defensive end's nomination makes him eligible for Academic All-American recognition.
Crusaders host Wright State on Friday evening and Oakland on Saturday afternoon in their final two home matches of the season at the ARC. Valpo will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Morgan Beil, Lindsey Hauch and Kelsey Victor.
The #15 Valparaiso bowling program welcomes a number of the nation’s top teams to Inman’s in Valparaiso this weekend for the sixth annual Crusader Classic, to be held Friday, November 7-Sunday, November 9.
Top-seeded Valparaiso opens up its 2014 Horizon League Championship at Brown Field against Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and at ESPN3.com.
Softball program to host All-Skills Camp January 18, Hitting and Pitching Camp February 15.
After two weeks on the road, Valparaiso returns home to face off against Butler in the battle for the Hoosier Helmet. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm CT at Brown Field. 1,000 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in what will be the Brown and Gold's second-to-last home game of the 2014 season.
Valpo looks to finish the regular season strong and get in position for the Horizon League tournament with their regular season finale this Friday at 7:30 against Oakland at Brown Field. The match is worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
A poll of the league's head coaches, sports information directors, and various media members predicts an 8th place finish for the Valparaiso women's basketball team in the Horizon League.
On the eve of the Crusaders’ exhibition game against Grand Valley State, delve into a primer on what to expect on the hardwood from the Valparaiso men’s basketball team this season.
Head coach Ryan Moore announced a shot put clinic will he held at Valparaiso University on Dec. 7. Olympian and Crusader assistant coach Tom Pukstys will coordinate the clinic.
Allison Ketcham picks up her second Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week award of the season after pacing the Crusaders in digs last weekend in a pair of sweeps.
Gonzalo Castro Diaz (men's swimming) and April Cronin (women's soccer) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for October.
The Crusaders will take on Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Brown Field in the second of the two semifinals of the 2014 Horizon League Championship. Detroit and Oakland will face off in the first semi, at 4:30 p.m.
Following a perfect league campaign, junior Rita Craven has been named Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. Vanesa Abad was tabbed Freshman of the Year; John Marovich named Coach of the Year. April Cronin, Shelby Oelschlager and Sydney Galvez-Daley joined Craven as All-League honorees.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and announcer Todd Ickow got together Monday for this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two looked back at this past Saturday's game at Dayton, looked ahead to Saturday's game versus Butler, and looked at some major contributions from true freshmen.
#15 Valparaiso posts a perfect 3-0 record on the final day of the FDU NJ Jamboree to enter the Crusader Classic next weekend with a 10-4 mark on the year.
Emily Campbell tallied 18 kills as the Crusader volleyball team closed out a perfect weekend with a sweep at Youngstown State Saturday evening.
Carly Larson breaks 200 in three of Saturday's six matches as #15 Valparaiso goes 3-3 in the middle day of competition at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Jessica Richardson and Liz Bloy garnered First-Team All-League honors with third and fifth placed finishes at the Horizon League Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Both the men and women finished in sixth place.
Valpo dropped a 2-1 overtime thriller to Green Bay on Saturday night. Matt Gweh collected his second goal of the season in the loss.
The Valparaiso women’s basketball team opened up the 2014-15 campaign on Saturday afternoon at the ARC, dropping a 69-52 decision to UW-Parkside in exhibition action. Freshman Dani Franklin led the Crusaders with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Valpo outgained Dayton 433-366 in total yards Saturday, but the Flyers sent the Crusaders into a tailspin with 28 unanswered points. Brandon Hall had his third 100-yard game in four weeks as the junior amassed 108 yards on 20 carries.
The Valparaiso volleyball program reached the 20-win milestone for the 13th straight season on Friday with a three-set sweep at Cleveland State.
Quickest goal to start a match in program history propels Valpo to 4-1 win in regular season finale at Green Bay. With the win, the Crusaders close out a perfect Horizon League slate and match the program's single-season record for victories.
#15 Valparaiso goes 4-1 on opening day at FDU NJ Jamboree as Torrie Decker posts the field's fifth-best scoring average to lead the Crusaders.
Volleyball senior Morgan Beil has quietly put together one of the best careers by a Crusader in program history. As she enters the final few weeks of her playing career, read about her journey here at Valpo.
The Crusaders hit the hardwood in just over 24 hours when they welcome UW-Parkside to the ARC for an exhibition contest. Today, we delve into this season's team, schedule, and how the rest of the Horizon League projects.
Valpo's cross country teams travel to the Horizon League Championships this Saturday in Kenosha, Wis.
The Crusader volleyball team continues the second half of Horizon League play this weekend with matches at Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Valpo enters the weekend just one win shy of 20 on the season.
With the #15 Valparaiso bowling squad getting ready to kick off the 2014-15 campaign this weekend at Fairleigh Dickinson, get a brief preview of what you need to know heading into this season as the Crusaders aim for the second trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history.
Crusader juniors Rita Craven and Jenny Fassbinder were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team for their performance on the field and in the classroom. Both Craven and Fassbinder are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Valparaiso women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show following the Crusaders' clinching of the Horizon League regular season title last week. Players Sarrah Ludwig and Sydney Galvez-Daley join as well to discuss the team's goals for this season and how many of them still lie ahead.
For the eighth time in the last nine seasons, Valpo opens the month of November away from Brown Field. The Dayton Flyers (5-0, 3-1 PFL) play host to the Brown and Gold on Saturday afternoon inside Welcome Stadium. The Flyers have enjoyed a 195-40-2 home record since moving there in 1974.
The Valpo women's soccer team looks to keep its nine-match winning streak alive and close out a perfect Horizon League campaign Friday evening in Green Bay in the regular season finale.
The Crusaders dropped a non-league match to IPFW at Brown Field on a chilly Wednesday night, 1-0.
The Valparaiso men closed out their 2014 fall campaign at Toledo on Tuesday, as both Zach Cutler and Matt Ward finished inside the top-six in the final individual standings.
Eric Honert, Valparaiso men's tennis all-time leader in singles victories, earned the 2014 Vernon John Award last week. The award recognizes the year's outstanding Colorado collegiate male player. Meanwhile, freshman Garrett Gardner was elected as the boy’s recipient of the Diane McNeal Jr. Sportsmanship Award per the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association.
Men's soccer takes a break from Horizon League action to take on IPFW Wednesday night before traveling to Green Bay on Saturday night as the regular season winds down. Wednesday's match is worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Valpo was rained out of the final day of the Braun Intercollegiate as they wrapped up their fall season. Angie Kim led the Crusaders with a 78 and finished in a tie for 10th place.
Zach Cutler opens Rocket Individual Classic in fifth place as Crusaders begin final fall event on Monday.
Angie Kim led the Crusaders in round one of thier final fall tournament with a 78 to finish in a tie for tenth place.
Sydney Galvez-Daley was named the Horizon League's co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting two clean sheets last week, matching the program record for single-season shutouts.
Valparaiso football head coach Dave Cecchini sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview, looking at the team's improved play last week at Morehead State, the emergence of Jarrett Morgan as a multi-faceted weapon, and the matchup this weekend at Dayton.
The Valparaiso men's soccer program is excited to announce the second annual VIP Winter Futsal Camp. This one day camp, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 20th, 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 Valpo women's soccer program won its first Horizon League regular season title, securing the championship with a 1-0 win over Detroit Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Sarrah Ludwig nodded in the match-winner in the 70th minute off an Abby Kenyon throw-in.
Crusaders hit .269 as a team and limit Green Bay to .067 hitting in a three-set sweep of the Phoenix Saturday afternoon at the ARC.
Valpo drew to Milwaukee on Saturday night in double overtime, 1-1. Ramone Howell scored the lone goal for the Crusaders, while Nico Campbell finished with seven saves.
Valparaiso led Morehead State for over 59 minutes Saturday at Jayne Stadium. However, a four-yard touchdown run from Brandon Bornhauser with 17 seconds remaining gave the Eagles a 48-47 victory. The comeback spoiled Jarrett Morgan's thrilling debut on offense and special teams as well as outstanding efforts from Brandon Hall, J.J. Nunes, Alex Green, and Charles Carter.
Valpo traveled to Cleveland State Saturday afternoon for a dual meet. The women also took on Youngstown State. Gonazlo Castro Diaz and Dani Gomez Barrientos led the way with several top-ten all-time Crusader times.
Valpo fell to league-leading Milwaukee Friday night, 3-1, as they began the second half of their Horizon League slate. Emily Campbell led the way with 20 kills and 19 digs, while Allison Ketchum chipped in 26 digs.
The Crusaders hit the road for the first time in 29 days as they head to the Bluegrass State to take on the Morehead State Eagles. The last four meetings have all been shootouts with Valpo and Morehead State combining for no fewer than 52 points.
The Crusaders continue Horizon League play this Saturday when they welcome Milwaukee to Brown Field. The match is worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Men's soccer head coach Mike Avery sat down with Aaron Leavitt to reflect upon last week's matches, discuss the emergence of freshman midfielder Ramone Howell, and examine the team's home-friendly schedule heading towards the finish line of the regular season.
Crusaders host Milwaukee Friday night and Green Bay Saturday afternoon to begin the second half of Horizon League play. Both matches are worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Crusaders take down Milwaukee for first time in program history to remain perfect in Horizon League play, as April Cronin scored the match-winner early on in a 1-0 victory. Valpo will play for a shot at the league regular season title against Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Crusader bowler Alyssa Meade joins Valpo All-Access to demonstrate how to roll the perfect strike.
Joe Harris earned a top-five finish as the Crusader men's golf team closed out the Dayton Fall Invitational on Tuesday.
Angie Kim shot a season-low 77 to finish in a tie for 11th place at the Dayton Fall Invitational. Valpo finished in a tie for 11th as well.
13 Crusaders see action as Valpo sweeps Chicago State on the road Tuesday evening. Rachel Bruinsma leads the Crusader effort with a career-high 12 kills.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team has a shot at securing its first Horizon League regular season championship this week, as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Wednesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and Detroit on Saturday (2 p.m.). Both games are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Valparaiso men's golf team closed the first day of action at the Dayton Fall Invitational just 11 shots out of first place. Joe Harris enters the final day of action in seventh place individually.
A.J. Selig and Angie Kim lead the Crusaders with season-low scores at the first round of the Dayton Fall Invitational.
Jessica Richardson was named the Horizon League Runner of the Week for the third time this season. She broke her PR by 40 seconds at the Bradley Pink Classic this past weekend.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow talked about the Crusaders' defensive performance this past Saturday, the quarterback scenario heading into Morehead State, as well as the re-emergence of running back Jake Hutson in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
Despite five players in double figures in kills and 101 total digs, the Crusaders dropped a five-set decision to North Dakota State at the ARC Sunday evening.
It took the 16th-ranked doubles team in the country to finally slow down the sophomore duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka scored a narrow 6-4, 6-4 win over the Crusader tandem in the semifinals of the ITA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schorsch/Emhardt advanced to the semis after they blew past Notre Dame's Drew Dawson/Eric Schnurrenberger, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini, wide receiver Ryan Shea, and cornerback Dale Cook address the media following yesterday's game versus Drake.
The #22 Crusaders picked up a crucial win in the Horizon League against Cleveland State, 1-0. Jordan Aidoud provided the scoring with his team-leading fourth goal in the 59th minute.
Freshman Dani Gomez Barrientos continued to impress and break her way into the record books, setting top-five times in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle.
The Valpo men's tennis program entered this week's ITA Regionals in search of its first ever doubles win. Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt have steamrolled their way into the quarterfinals and now stand two victories away from the championship match.
Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad bring the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit for a 2-1 win at Wright State. Valpo remains perfect in Horizon League play (5-0-0), extends its unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches and secures a spot in the Horizon League Championship.
For the second straight season, a fourth-quarter lead over Drake escaped Valpo. A QB sneak and an interception returned for a touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 17-9 win Saturday at Brown Field.
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted NIU's Simon Formont in three sets to win his opening round match in singles play at the ITA Regionals. Schorsch later paired up with Charlie Emhardt as the duo coasted to an 8-1 victory in the main draw. Teammates Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton got in on the fun with an 8-6 triumph over Wisconsin's #1 doubles team.
Crusaders post 18 blocks over four sets on Friday, led by ten rejections from freshman Taylor Graboski, but fall to UIC, 3-1, to close out the first half of Horizon League play.
Jessica Richardson broke her personal best and second-best Valpo time in a 6K with her 21:12.4 and seventh place finish at the Bradley Pink Classic to pace the Crusaders on Friday.
Saturday will be a battle of first-year head coaches as Rick Fox guides his Bulldogs into Valparaiso versus the Dave Cecchini-led Crusaders. Drake's defensive line touts 12.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss through the team's first six games. Meanwhile, Valpo's offensive line has yielded just two sacks all season, the second-fewest in the nation.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings and extend its program-record unbeaten streak Saturday afternoon with a key league matchup at Wright State.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt defeated Notre Dame's Drew Dawson and NIU's Kevin Daun in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regionals Thursday. Junior Michael Savaglio and sophomore Kyle Dunn fell in both of their first two singles matches. Main draw play begins Friday afternoon.
Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about the team's results last weekend, Morgan Beil's influence over her four-year career and the milestone she reached last weekend, and what has made for the program's consistent success over the last decade-plus as the Crusaders near 20 wins again this season.
The #22 Crusaders fell to league rival Detroit Wednesday night, 1-0. Nico Campbell made five saves for the Valpo.
Sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named a preseason First Team All-Horizon League selection, while the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League standings in 2014-15.
Team Turmoil silenced numerous prognosticators Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field when they finished off a sweep of The Moneyballers in the Fall World Series. Mark Johnson was named Most Valuable Player while newcomer Luke Syens claimed the Series' Cy Young Award.
Valpo hosts UIC on Friday evening to wrap up the first half of Horizon League action before stepping out of league play to host North Dakota State on Sunday and travel to Chicago State on Tuesday. Both of this weekend's home matches are worth 1,000 Crusader Challenge points.
Valpo concluded play today at the Rocket Classic, moving up one spot to finish 11th. Sibil Gill led the Crusaders with a 247 over three rounds.
Michael Savaglio went undefeated in both singles and doubles play at the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Thanks to wins over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois, the junior is now 9-2 in singles action and 8-3 in doubles play.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team returned to the polls this week as they were ranked 22nd in Soccer America's poll and 25th in Top Drawer Soccer's poll. The team returns to the pitch this week with league games against Detroit and Cleveland State. Wednesday's game against Detroit is worth 1,000 point in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Crusaders played 36 holes today while junior Sibil Gill shot a career-low two over in round one. She was one stroke off her career-low 74 as well.
Valparaiso men's tennis junior Lucas Waak joins Valpo All-Access to demonstrate the art of serving.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow on the Valpo Football Preview Monday. The two revisited the Crusaders' 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist, touched upon wide receiver Andrew Cassara's status, and discussed what the Brown and Gold need to do to knock off a 3-3 Drake squad on Saturday.
Junior Jordan Aidoud was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after collecting three goals and an assist last week. Aidoud leads the team with 10 points and is tied for the team lead in goals.
Freshman Grace Rogers was named co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Horizon League on Monday following her performance in the Crusaders' two victories last week.
In front of a large Homecoming crowd, the Warren G. Hoger Track was officially dedicated at Brown Field during halftime of Saturday's football game.
Crusader freshman Grace Rogers finds the back of the net in the 100th minute to give Valpo the 1-0 win in extra time over Youngstown State Saturday night. The Crusaders remained perfect in Horizon League play with the win at the halfway point of the league schedule.
Valpo football gave a packed Homecoming crowd at Brown Field Saturday afternoon quite the show, recording the highest point total by a Crusader team in over 18 years as they rolled to a 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist.
Allison Ketcham records team highs with 16 kills and 14 digs as the Crusaders bounce back from Friday night's defeat with a sweep at Wright State on Saturday.
Valpo scored five second half goals as they knocked off Wright State in Horizon League play 5-2. Jordan Aidoud and Stian Sandbekkhaug each scored two goals for the Crusaders.
Morgan Beil becomes just the 13th player in Valpo volleyball history to surpass the 1,000-kill milestone for her career, but the Crusaders fell in four sets Friday night at Oakland.
Check out the attached video, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team took time out from preseason practice Thursday morning to help the Valpo community in its rebuilding of ValPlayso Park.
Reigning Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year Dalton Lundeen will toe the hill opposite sophomore Mario Losi in Game 1 of the Fall World Series Saturday morning at 10 am. Games 2 and 3 will be held Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
Crusaders put their 16-2 record on the line this weekend with Horizon League road matches at Oakland, Wright State.
The ValparaiZone and Valpo Men's and Women's Basketball Teams are excited to announce the Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge for students. This event, which will take place Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the ARC, is sure to generate excitement around the upcoming basketball season.
Women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's perfect start to Horizon League play, the performance of the Crusaders' midfield in recent weeks, and how the team and program have handled being ranked recently.
Saturday's Homecoming football game will represent the first-ever athletic contest between Valparaiso and Missouri Baptist. The Brown and Gold are looking to give head coach Dave Cecchini his first home victory while the Spartans aim for their inaugural win as a football program. 1400 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in the 1 pm tilt at Brown Field.
Valparaiso improves to a perfect 3-0-0 in Horizon League action and extends its unbeaten streak to 11 matches with a 2-1 win Wednesday at UIC. Rita Craven scored the match-winning goal, tying her for the most game-winners in a single season in program history.
Nominations are open through Monday, October 13 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2008-09 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.
Eric Winters becomes the second Crusader men's golfer to earn Golfer of the Week honors from the Horizon League this season following his top-ten performance earlier this week.
Valpo tallied a season-high three goals Tuesday night as they beat in-state rival IUPUI, 3-1. Jordan Aidoud, Matt Gweh and Stian Sandbekkhaug each recorded a goal.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team travels to take on first-year program UIC Wednesday in Chicago before returning home for a showdown with first-place Youngstown State Saturday night. Saturday's match will be the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Eric Winters finishes in seventh place in the individual standings as the Crusaders finish tenth as a team at the Firestone Invitational.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team continues to reach new heights in 2014, as it was announced today that the Crusaders had cracked the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll for the first time in program history.
The Crusaders return to the pitch Tuesday night with a match against in-state foe IUPUI before returning home for Homecoming Friday night as they host Wright State. Friday's match is worth 1,000 point in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Tournaments at five of the nation's top-seven teams highlight the Crusaders' 2014-15 schedule. Valpo will also host the Crusader Classic in early November, welcoming ten squads ranked in the nation's top-20 in the NTCA preseason poll.
Valparaiso men sit in fifth place after opening 36 holes at Firestone Invitational, just seven shots out of second place. Eric Winters is sixth in the individual standings.
Jessica Richardson earns her second Horizon League Runner of the Week after setting the second fastest Crusader women's 5K time this weekend at Notre Dame.
Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dave Cecchini Monday afternoon. Ickow and Cecchini recapped Saturday's loss to Marist, discussed receiver Tanner Kuramata's role in the offense, and looked ahead to what fans expect this week with Missouri Baptist coming to town for Homecoming.
Valparaiso senior right side hitter Morgan Beil has been named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her record-setting performance last weekend in a win over Cleveland State.
Freshman Cary Milanes did something Saturday that no other women's tennis player has ever done at Valpo under head coach Traci Young: beat a Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponent. Milanes outlasted NIU's Evelyn Youel 6-4, 6-3 at the UIC Flames Outdoor Courts.
Senior Kristen Warner scored the game-winning goal, the first of her career, and senior Erika Schoemann registered her first career assist on Valpo's first goal as the Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to ten matches with a 2-1 win Saturday over Loyola on Senior Night.
Senior Morgan Beil set a new Crusader record for hitting percentage in a four-set match as Valpo improved to 16-2 on the year Saturday with a 3-1 win over Cleveland State.
The Crusaders won all but one match in the final day of the Valparaiso Fall Invitational on Saturday. Overall, the Brown and Gold went 39-1 in singles and 15-0 in doubles over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois.
The doubles portion of the UIC Invitational was held at Match Point Tennis Center in Griffith, Indiana on Saturday. Kaitlyn Hamel and Kathleen Hebble teamed up to defeat Northern Illinois' Cristina Alvarez/Abigail Dekkinga 8-7 (3) in the opening round.
Marist continued its winning ways over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon with a 35-7 victory at Brown Field. The Red Foxes took advantage of a pair of gaffes on Valpo's special teams while yielding just 239 yards of total offense.
Crusaders rebound after dropping the first set to defeat Youngstown State 3-1 Friday evening. The win moves Valpo to 15-2 on the season and 2-1 in Horizon League play.
Men's tennis opened the Valparaiso Fall Invitational Friday with a combined 20-0 record in singles play and a 5-0 mark in doubles. Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, Western Illinois, and the Crusaders will wrap up play tomorrow at the Courts of NWI.
Jessica Richardson beat her previous personal best by almost a minute as she set the second-fastest Crusader time ever with her sixth place finish at the Notre Dame Invite.
Valparaiso men's soccer goalkeeper Tom Serratore joins Valpo All-Access to discuss and demonstrate the art of being a goalkeeper.
The Valparaiso softball team’s final doubleheader of the fall season has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to precipitation over the past 24 hours and forecasted rain into the start of the weekend. The twinbill between the Crusaders and Grand Valley State will now start on Sunday afternoon at noon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team steps outside Horizon League play for the final time Saturday evening, as it puts a nine-match unbeaten streak on the line at Brown Field against Loyola. The Crusaders' five seniors will be honored prior to the match on Senior Night. The game is worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Crusaders played three of their first four games away from Brown Field. Saturday's noon kickoff represents the start of a three-game set at home as Marist comes to town in search of its first win. At halftime, Valparaiso University will recognize the 1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference Co-Champion team led by Hall of Famers Emory G. Bauer and Walt Reiner.
The Valparaiso bowling program will enter the 2014-15 season ranked #15 nationally, as the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) released its preseason poll this week.
Crusaders earn All-Academic Team Honors from the NFCA for a fourth consecutive year, while six players received All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades as well.
Nico Campbell (men's soccer) and Emily Campbell (volleyball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for August/September.
Crusaders return to the ARC, hosting Youngstown State Friday night and Cleveland State Saturday afternoon. First 200 fans to Friday's match get a free Valpo Volleyball t-shirt, while Saturday is the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match. Both matches are worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
#25 Valpo fell on the road Wednesday night to league foe UIC, 1-0. Jordan Aidoud led the squad with three shots on goal.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Fresh off of earning a national ranking for the first time in program history, Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show and discusses how the team has dealt with being ranked, looks back at the last couple games and looks ahead to tonight's Horizon League battle with UIC.
Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt gave the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation all it could handle in their first round match against San Diego's Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek at the ITA All-American Tournament Tuesday in Tulsa. The Crusader duo eventually dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (4) result at the Case Tennis Center Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.
Your one-stop shop for everything regarding the men's soccer program's #oneVALPO campaign is now available at Facebook.com/oneVALPO. The page will be updated with all the latest videos and #oneVALPO promises, from groups on the Valparaiso campus, opposing teams and members of the community.
The #25 Crusaders faced off with the Dayton Flyers at Brown Field on Monday night. Nick Suker scored in the 90th minute to tie the game and send the game into overtime.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their season at the Butler Invitational on Sunday.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow reviewed Saturday's game at Campbell, and discussed the challenge ahead versus Marist in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
Valpo is ranked ninth in this weeks RPI rankings, the highest ever for the Crusaders. The Crusaders are also ranked 25th in this week’s Top Drawer Soccer poll, the first top-25 ranking in program history in any poll.
Valparaiso redshirt sophomore Shelby Oelschlager has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for her work at center back in the Crusaders’ pair of shutouts last week.
Senior Zev Taublieb has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week and was named to College Soccer News Team of the Week after his two goal week.
Valpo returns home for a Monday night showcase against the Dayton Flyers in a one-game break from league action before venturing up to Chicago for a battle with Horizon League foe UIC. Monday's game is worth 1,000 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points.
Down in Tulsa, Charlie Emhardt won his consolation match over Austin Peay's Iago Seffrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) at the ITA All-American Championships. Up in Kalamazoo, Garrett Gardner took the Flight F championship with a straight set victory over Green Bay's Michael Tebon, while Michael Savaglio and Chase Hamilton captured 3rd place finishes in Flights C and G, respectively. Daniel Oakes also won the Flight G consolation title.
Seniors Ben Lehman and Andrew Cassara tallied career offensive numbers. Fellow senior Tanner Kuramata turned in a monster 2014 PFL debut as well, as he snagged six catches for 151 yards, but two critical turnovers proved too much to overcome for the Crusaders Saturday night in Buies Creek, N.C.
Robin Wenzel's goal in the 93rd minute gives the Crusaders a 1-0 win over Cleveland State, setting a new program record as Valpo is now unbeaten in its last nine matches. The Crusaders are also top of the table in the Horizon League, the only team with six points through two games.
Sophomore defeated Oral Roberts' Michael Sosnowski in straight sets before falling 6-3, 6-2 to Troy's Daniel Bustamante in the first day of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jeffrey Schorsch got past Wichita State's Jocelyn Devilliers in three sets before losing to Rishab Agarwal of Mississippi State in the second round.
Crusaders fall in hard-fought five-set match at Milwaukee in matchup of the top two teams in the league's preseason poll. Emily Campbell led all players with 21 kills.
Freshman Garrett Gardner advanced to the championship match of Flight F singles after a 2-0 day at the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday. Fellow newcomer Chase Hamilton will compete in Sunday's third place tilt following a win over Michigan State's Paul Heeder.
Valpo welcomed new Horizon League member Belmont on Friday night with a 2-1 victory. The win moves the Crusaders' record to 5-1-2 and 1-0 in the Horizon League.
Crusaders win 13th straight match, tying the second-longest streak in program history, as they sweep Green Bay in their Horizon League opener Friday. Emily Campbell led the way offensively, hitting .400 with 18 kills, while Morganne Longoria led all players with 20 digs. The win was the 300th at Valpo for head coach Carin Avery.
The Crusader duos of Kyle Dunn/Chase Hamilton and Michael Savaglio/Lucas Waak claimed victories in Flight B and C doubles respectively, Friday. Meanwhile, Brian Hickey teamed up with Cleveland State's Kevin Goth to take an 8-7 victory over Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks/Florian Kraenzler in day one of the Vredevelt Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.
A pair of disgraceful incidents on the soccer field last year have served as a catalyst for virtuous change on - and off - the pitch for Valpo Men's Soccer. The club's #oneVALPO campaign has flourished as head coach Mike Avery has received unanimous support both internally and from competition.
Valparaiso puts its 12-match winning streak on the line for the opening of Horizon League play this weekend in Wisconsin. The Crusaders face off against Green Bay Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.
Coming off of a third consecutive tournament title, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show to take a look at what's been working for her team the past few weeks, talk about the Crusaders' performance last weekend and look ahead to the start of Horizon League play this week.
Crusaders score three times in the first half, including a pair of goals from Rita Craven, to defeat Oakland 3-0 in their Horizon League opener. With the win, Valpo runs its unbeaten streak to eight straight matches, tying a program record.
Valpo football will play under the lights for the third time in a month Saturday night when Campbell plays host to the Brown and Gold at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. It will represent the seventh straight season the two teams have faced each other, with the Crusaders having won the last three meetings.
The Valpo swimming and diving teams announced their 2014-15 schedules on Tuesday.
The Crusaders fought to another overtime victory, this time over Loyola, 1-0. Senior captain Zev Taublieb sent home the game-winner in the 94th minute.
The Valparaiso men's golf team split into two squads for the CSU Cougar Classic, and came out with first and third-place finishes. Freshman Zach Cutler claimed individual medalist honors.
Valpo concluded action today at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State. Annie Gaugert led the way with a plus-four 76 for the day and the Crusaders finished in 14th place.
The start of the Horizon League slate is on tap for the Valparaiso women's soccer team this week. The Crusaders host Oakland Wednesday evening to open league play (worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge) before heading to Cleveland State Saturday night.
Charlie Emhardt and Paige Heuer were both named Horizon League Players of the Week Tuesday after undefeated weeks on the court.
Valparaiso's pair of teams sit in first and third place after day one at the CSU Cougar Classic. Nick Seitz is tied for the individual lead.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow, the Voice of the Crusaders, on Monday. Cecchini and Ickow revisited Valpo's win last Saturday at William Jewell, the defense's role in the Crusader comeback, and what his team can expect from Campbell.
Angie Kim shot a 79 and finished tied for 34th to lead the Crusaders on day one of the Cardinal Classic. Valpo finished the day in 14th place.
Senior Jessica Richardson has been named the Horizon League Runner of the Week after her third place finish at the Western Invitational. The award is the fourth of her career and first this year.
The Crusaders face Loyola on Tuesday night for their final tune-up before starting league play Friday night. The Brown and Gold begin Horizon League play at Belmont, who is making their league debut.
Freshman Allison Ketcham claims Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week award after her MVP performance last weekend in the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic.
Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer improved their doubles record to 3-0 Sunday following an 8-5 victory over Marian's Sarah and Anne Potter. Heuer also remained perfect on the singles side with a straight set win at No. 4. However, the host Knights rode five singles victories to a 7-2 triumph over the Crusaders in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt captured the Flight C Singles championshp Sunday morning with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over DePaul's Kyle Johnson. Just a couple hours later, Emhardt teamed up with fellow sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch to take the Flight A Doubles title with a decisive 8-3 win over Cleveland State's Colton Buffington and Alil Shabib. Dave Bacalla and Daniel Oakes were also victorious in the consolation bracket of Flight B Doubles.
Valparaiso earns the crown at its home tournament with sweeps of Sacramento State and George Washington. The Crusaders are now 13-1 - the best start in program history. Allison Ketcham was named MVP and joined on the All-Tournament Team by Kelsey Victor and Morgan Beil.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt will have a chance to win a singles and doubles title tomorrow at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. He'll face DePaul's Kyle Johnson in the finals of the Flight C singles bracket before joining Jeffrey Schorsch in the championship match of the Flight A doubles immediately following. The doubles team of Lucas Waak and Michael Savaglio will compete in the finals of the Flight C doubles opposite Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith and Maik Steiner at 11:15 am ET.
Trailing 22-7 after thirty minutes, Valparaiso rattled off 32 unanswered points to collect its first non-conference victory since Sept. 12th, 2009. Junior John Guilford piled up 13 tackles - 3.5 for a loss - and a sack as the Crusader defense recorded three takeaways over the final two quarters.
Crusaders defeated Aquinas College 7-2 Saturday morning before handing Davenport University a 6-3 loss in the afternoon. Megan Barthels, Paige Heuer, and Cary Milanes all went a perfect 2-0 in singles play while the doubles teams of Barthels/Heuer and Milanes/Paras went undefeated.
The Crusaders men's and women's cross country teams traveled north of the border this weekend to race in the Western Invitational. The Brown and Gold were paced by seniors Jessica Richardson and David Rutkowski.
The Crusaders won their home opener in a double-overtime thriller, 2-1, over Western Illinois. Freshman Jordan James scored both goals to power the offense.
Valpo earns tenth straight win, knocking off Murray State 3-1 to open the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic. At 11-1, Crusaders have matched the best start in program history.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team racked up eight wins in the opening day of the Purdue Fall Invitational Friday. Second round play continues tomorrow along with the opening of doubles action.
Valparaiso scores three times in the second half to overcome one-goal halftime deficit and win at Eastern Illinois, 3-1. Vanesa Abad, April Cronin and Robin Wenzel score for the Crusaders, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.
Dec. 6 game against New Mexico and Jan. 10 game against Cleveland State to be broadcast live exclusively on ESPN3 from the ARC, while the Nov. 16 game at Missouri will be shown on the SEC Network. The trio of games joins the three previously announced broadcasts to give Valpo at least six nationally-broadcast games this season.
With its winning streak at nine matches, the Valparaiso volleyball team returns home to host the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic. The Crusaders welcome Murray State, Sacramento State and George Washington to the ARC for the two-day, six-match event. All three of Valpo's matches are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head coach Tracey Dorow announced the 2014-15 women's basketball schedule Thursday, a slate that includes a home tilt versus the Louisville Cardinals in late November. The Crusaders open the regular season at the ARC on Friday, Nov. 14th versus the Butler Bulldogs. Horizon League play tips off Jan. 8th when Valpo travels to Cleveland State.
With Horizon League play looming next week, women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's defensive prowess to this point of the season, why he's not discouraged by the lack of goals so far and how he sees this year's team on the eve of league action.
Valparaiso dropped their first match of the season against Big Ten opponent Northwestern, 1-0.
Crusaders put their six-match unbeaten streak and four-match shutout streak on the line Friday afternoon at Eastern Illinois. The match is Valpo's last before the start of Horizon League play next week.
The Crusaders invade Liberty, Missouri this weekend seeking revenge for a 36-34 loss to William Jewell last September. Tanner Kuramata leads NCAA Division I FCS in receptions per game with 10.5 and is 8th in receiving yards per game (112).
Valparaiso takes down Toledo in straight sets on the road Tuesday evening to extend its winning streak to nine straight matches. The Crusaders, now 10-1, won by sweep for the fifth consecutive match.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team received its highest-ever regional ranking and received votes in the national poll for the first time.
The Crusaders continue their non-league action Wednesday night when they travel to Northwestern before facing Western Illinois for their home opener Friday night. Friday night's match is worth 1,250 points for fans as part of the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on Monday. The pair discussed how the team handled its bye week, Valpo's upcoming matchup versus William Jewell, and the team's confidence level heading into this weekend.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell has been named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week and classmate Omar Lawrence has been named the Horizon League's Co-Defensive Player of the Week after wins against Butler and then #7 Michigan State last week.
Valparaiso sophomore outside hitter Emily Campbell has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her MVP performance last weekend as the Crusaders won the Skyhawk Invitational.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team posted its fourth straight shutout in a scoreless double-overtime draw with Evansville on Sunday. The Crusaders have now held their opponents scoreless for 436 straight minutes.
Crusaders sweep Drake and UT-Martin to capture Skyhawk Invitational title and extend their winning streak to eight straight matches on Saturday. Emily Campbell was named tournament MVP, while Morganne Longoria and Taylor Graboski also represented Valparaiso on the All-Tournament Team.
Rita Craven scored her fifth career match-winning goal in the 81st minute as Valparaiso earned its second straight win, defeating IPFW 1-0 Friday night.
Valparaiso hits .378 as a team, three different attackers post hitting percentages above .500 as the Crusaders sweep Western Carolina to open the Skyhawk Invitational. Valpo has now won six consecutive matches.
Hear what Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew has to say about the Crusaders' schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season in this schedule preview video. And fans, you can now download a men's basketball schedule wallpaper for your computer by clicking the link below.
The Crusaders upset the seventh ranked Michigan State Spartans Thursday night, 1-0. This is the highest ranked opponent that Valpo has beaten in program history.
15 home games at the ARC, including a visit from New Mexico, and three appearances on the ESPN family of networks highlight the 2014-15 Valparaiso men's basketball schedule, as announced today by head coach Bryce Drew. Season tickets are on sale now by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.
Nick Seitz named co-Horizon League Men's Golfer of the Week after setting program individual single-round and 54-hole tournament records earlier this week.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team continues non-league action this weekend, playing at IPFW on Friday evening and hosting Evansville Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Evansville game is the first this season which will be broadcast live on HLN, while it also will be worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Riding a five-match winning streak and a tournament title last weekend at the Jackrabbit Invitational, the Valparaiso volleyball team continues early-season play this weekend at UT-Martin’s Skyhawk Invitational, where it will also take on Western Carolina and Drake.
Freshman Jordan James played the hero Tuesday night against the Butler Bulldogs, heading Jordan Aidoud's cross into the back of the net in the 101st minute. James' heroics gave the Crusaders their first win of the season.
Valparaiso shatters previous program record for a 54-hole tournament in fourth-place finish at Golfweek Program Challenge. Nick Seitz breaks individual 54-hole scoring record as well en route to a fifth-place finish.
The Crusaders finished play at their season opening tournament at Caledonia Golf Course. They finished the 54-hole tournament with individual and team top-ten performances all-time.
With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso men's soccer team, head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss the Crusaders' early-season schedule, the team's strength in the back and options in the attack. Avery also talks about the program's #oneVALPO campaign, which is quickly gaining momentum around campus.
Nick Seitz matches individual single-round record, one day after Jared Magoline set the mark, with a 65. Valparaiso enters the final 18 holes on Tuesday just four strokes off the lead.
Valparaiso continued play Monday at their season opening tournament at the Golfweek Program Challenge at Caledonia Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Sophomore doubles tandem received 53rd national ranking in Preseason Men's Doubles Rankings as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Monday. Both were also named to prequalifying singles bracket at the All-American Championships along with fellow sophomore Dave Bacalla.
The Crusaders continue their season opening road trip with a pair of matches against former Horizon League rival Butler and #7 Michigan State.
Valparaiso men's golf team breaks single-round scoring record by 10 strokes to lead the Golfweek Program Challenge after opening round; Jared Magoline shoots a 65 to set a new individual program record.
The Valparaiso women's golf team opened up their 2014 fall season in South Carolina. Led by Sibil Gill's career low 73, the Crusaders finished with a top ten finish and team score.
Rita Craven, Kat Anesini and Vanesa Abad all find the back of the net as the Crusaders take down Western Illinois, 3-0. Sydney Galvez-Daley made eight saves for her third shutout of the year.
Valparaiso football head coach Dave Cecchini is joined by Tanner Kuramata and Grayson Bastin in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' loss to Saint Joseph's on Saturday night.
Crusaders take down host South Dakota State in straight sets to win the Jackrabbit Invitational - the program's 18th in-season tournament title under Carin Avery. Kelsey Berrington was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Morgan Beil and Allison Ketcham.
Behind running backs Mike Anderson and Braxton Shelton, Saint Joseph's spoiled Valpo's home opener Saturday night with a 31-10 win over the Brown and Gold. Though the Crusaders manufactured just ten points, senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata snagged a career-high 14 passes as part of a monster game.
Valparaiso opens Jackrabbit Invitational with a pair of four-set victories over UMKC and Stephen F. Austin on Friday. The Crusaders play for the tournament championship on Saturday against host South Dakota State.
The Crusader's cross country teams opened their season Friday night at the Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm. Jessica Richardson and Liz Bloy both finished in the top ten for the women.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer game against Ball State scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled due to inclement weather. The game will not be made up. The Crusaders return to action Sunday afternoon at Western Illinois.
The Crusader cross country teams open their seasons on Friday with the 26th annual Crusader Open. They will be running against Notre Dame, IUPUI, and Western Michigan's women's team.
Head coach Dave Cecchini's first game on Brown Field will be the 66th meeting between Valparaiso and Saint Joseph's. A victory Saturday night would not only snap a seven-game losing skid versus the Pumas, but it would signal the Crusaders' first win in a home opener since 2008.
Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week and discusses the number of different lineup combinations the team has used in the early season, the play of Emily Campbell and Kelsey Berrington, and what she's looking for from the Crusaders over the next couple weekends.
Coming off of three straight draws, the Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to get into the win column Friday evening at Brown Field against Ball State. The Crusaders then travel to Macomb, Ill. for a Sunday match at Western Illinois.
Valparaiso uses a stellar offensive performance in the fourth and fifth sets to overcome 2-1 deficit and defeat IUPUI, 3-2, Wednesday evening. Emily Campbell set a new career best with 22 kills; Morganne Longoria led all players and matched her career high with 30 digs.
Valparaiso men's basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 season, covering 15 home games. Tickets, which start as low as $147.50 for the general public and $110.63 for faculty, staff and recent alumni, can be purchased by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.
Valparaiso is ranked eighth in the first NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Great Lakes Region Poll. This is the second straight season the Crusaders have been ranked at least once in the poll.
Valparaiso finishes in second place at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in the season-opening tournament, eight strokes back of the title. Eric Winters led three Crusaders within the top-10 individually with a third-place finish.
Volleyball makes its 2014 home debut Wednesday night at the ARC against IUPUI before traveling to Brookings, S.D. for the Jackrabbit Invitational this weekend.
Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew announced today that Chandler Levingston Simon has joined the Crusader program as a walk-on. A Chicago-area product who spent last season at UMKC, he will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell has been named the Horizon Leagues men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week following his two shutouts over the weekend.
The Valparaiso men's golf team improved by 21 strokes from the first to the second round at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate on Monday. The Crusaders enter Tuesday's final round just five strokes out of the lead in second place.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow sat down with head football coach Dave Cecchini ahead of the home opener Saturday versus Saint Joseph's. The two reflected on the season opener at Western Illinois, the quarterback play, and the long-standing rivalry between the Pumas and Crusaders.
Head coach Brian Schmack has announced Saturday, September 20th as the date for this year's Baseball Golf Scramble. The outing again will be held at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more will be awarded at the event. Register today!
The Valparaiso men's soccer team continued its season opening road trip with another double overtime scoreless draw against the Davidson Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.
Sydney Galvez-Daley makes four saves as Valparaiso and Northern Arizona play to 0-0 (2ot) draw. The draw is the third straight tie for the Crusaders, who return home Friday night to face Ball State.
Valparaiso falls in five-set battle to Campbell, but rebounds with win over North Carolina Central to close out the NCCU Invitational. Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell earned All-Tournament honors for the Crusaders.
Vanesa Abad's 63rd minute goal serves as Valpo's tally in a 1-1 tie with Grand Canyon Friday night. The Crusaders close out their two-game Arizona trip at Northern Arizona on Sunday.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team opened its 2014 season with a double-overtime scoreless draw against the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on Friday night.
Crusaders commit just nine attack errors in season-opening four-set win over Wofford at the NCCU Invitational. Emily Campbell leads the way offensively with 13 kills.
The Valparaiso volleyball team is taking aim at a season-opening tournament title for the second straight year. The Crusaders will take on Wofford and Campbell in addition to the host Eagles.
Freshman Kye Hall shined in his Crusader debut, leading the Valpo defense with 10 tackles - including one for a loss. But a speedy, strong Western Illinois squad prevailed with a 45-6 victory in its home opener. Tanner Kuramata hauled in seven catches for 76 yards as the senior wide receiver set game highs in both categories.
Senior Morgan Beil was named to the preseason All-Horizon League team today. Beil is one of five returning starters for the Valparaiso volleyball program, as the Crusaders prepare to kick off their season this weekend at the NCCU Invitational.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team opens up their 2014 season with a trip to North Carolina, facing off with North Carolina State on Friday evening and Davidson on Sunday afternoon. This marks the first of a five game road trip to open the season for the Crusaders.
With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso women's soccer team, head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss what came out of the first weekend of play and what he's looking for out of his team moving forward.
Once classmates with Joe Buck at Indiana University, Todd Ickow begins his 24th year in the radio booth for Valpo Athletics. For Ickow, announcing is just one of a myriad of hobbies for the poker player, horse owner, and former restaurateur. Learn more about Valpo's ramblin', gamblin' man in this feature.
David Stroud joins Valpo men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach after three seasons as a head coach at Saint Joseph's (Ind.), Adam Ponder joins staff as volunteer assistant.
The Valparaiso volleyball team has been picked to finish in second place in the Horizon League standings this season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team heads out to Arizona for a pair of matches this weekend, in search of their first win of the season. The Crusaders take on Grand Canyon Friday night and Northern Arizona Sunday afternoon.
The last time Dave Cecchini was in Macomb, he helped lead Lehigh to a convincing 37-7 win over Western Illinois in the NCAA Div. I-AA playoffs on Nov. 25th, 2000. The first-year head coach looks to deliver similar results as the Crusaders and Leathernecks face each other for the second time in four years.
24 Valparaiso home events to be streamed this fall via the Horizon League Network, including 12 volleyball, four football, four men's soccer and four women's soccer games. Department also unveiled its new digital brand identity - Valpo All-Access.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dave Cecchini in the first Valpo Football Preview of 2014. The two discussed the culture change within the program, the quarterback situation, and Coach Cecchini's last trip to Macomb.
Six Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
Sydney Galvez-Daley earns Horizon League weekly honor after posting a shutout in her second career match - the only clean sheet of the weekend among league goalkeepers.
Sydney Galvez-Daley makes four saves Sunday to earn her first career shutout as Valparaiso and IUPUI play to a 0-0 draw. The Crusaders head out to Arizona for a pair of matches next weekend.
A goal in the 88th minute sent the Valparaiso women's soccer to a 2-1 defeat Friday against Belmont, despite out-shooting the Bruins 17-9. The Crusaders look to bounce back Sunday afternoon against IUPUI.
A strong corps of returnees in the back and in the midfield look to lead the Valpo men's soccer program into the 2014 campaign. Exhibition play opens for the Crusaders at home Saturday morning.
The Valparaiso softball team will take to the field to play eight games over four days this fall, including a pair of home doubleheaders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Valparaiso women's soccer team opens regular season with pair of home games against Belmont and IUPUI this weekend. The Crusaders are looking to open the season with a win for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
The men's and women's tennis teams released their fall schedules Wednesday. The men's team opens its fall slate at the Purdue Fall Invitational Sept. 19-21 while the women's team begin their fall schedule with a doubleheader versus Aquinas College and Davenport.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team has been chosen to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League standings in 2014, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.
With the 2014 football season just eight days away, Brad Collignon chatted with head coach Dave Cecchini, junior linebacker Alex Green, redshirt junior RB Jake Hutson, junior defensive end John Guilford, and senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata as the Crusaders embark on a new chapter. Click on the video to see what they had to say about how this team has progressed since the spring, the transition to a new playbook, and goals for the upcoming season.
The Crusader Scholarship Challenge starts THIS FRIDAY with the women's soccer's regular season opener versus Belmont at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Click on the story to learn more!
The Valparaiso women's soccer squad has been chosen to finish fifth in the Horizon League preseason poll. Crusaders open the regular season Friday evening at home.
Former Crusader Liz Horton, who graduated this past May, signed a contract last week to play professionally with Turngemeinde (TG) Neuss. TG Neuss is a Division II club, the second-highest of seven levels in Germany.
Valpo baseball announced that the team will hold walk-on tryouts for the 2015 roster on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at Emory G. Bauer Field. Forms necessary to compete for a walk-on roster spot must be returned to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Ben Wolgamot at the baseball office no later than Sept. 1st.
Incoming Valparaiso freshman Kayla Currier has been named a recipient of the 2014 AAU Volleyball Academic All American Award, as announced by the AAU Volleyball National Executive Committee earlier this month.
Trio of headers give Valparaiso 3-0 exhibition win over St. Joe's. The regular season opens Friday at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. against Belmont.
Valpo falls 4-1 to Cincinnati in exhibition opener; Warner finds back of the net in 17th minute. Crusaders host St. Joseph's (Ind.) at Eastgate Field in preseason action Sunday morning.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Tony Rouse and Adam Logan to the coaching staff Friday. Rouse will serve as the defensive line/strength and conditioning coach while Logan will take over as defensive backs coach.
As the Valparaiso football team prepares for its season opener at Western Illinois Aug. 28, catch a glimpse of a Crusader practice with first-year head coach Dave Cecchini as he gets Mic'd Up for Inside Valpo Athletics.
Sophomore doubles tandem won four straight matches to advance to finals before falling 8-6 to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor. The pair scored victories over duos from Indiana, Wofford, and a mixed team of Western Michigan's Cahn and Michigan State's Forman in the process.
Valparaiso softball program to host Fall Experience Camp Sept. 13 for players graduating from high school from 2015 through 2019. The camp will allow participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. Visit ValpoSoftballClinics.com for more information.
Strong veteran presences on defense and in the midfield highlight Valparaiso's 19 returning players for the 2014 campaign, while six newcomers join the fray as well. The Crusaders' first exhibition game is Friday evening at Cincinnati.
The 2014 football season opener is less than three weeks away. As energy in camp remains high, new coaching staff seeks to take advantage of a deep receiving corps heading into Aug. 28th debut in Macomb.
As they prepare for the start of preseason practice, the Valparaiso volleyball team took some time earlier this week to offer a one-day camp to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Unit.
The Valparaiso men’s and women’s golf programs released their respective schedules for the 2014 fall season on Wednesday. The Crusader men will take part in six events, while the women will play in five tournaments.
Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the addition of Adam White to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday. White spent the 2013-14 season with Oral Roberts. Prior to last season, White served as an assistant coach for three years with the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Head coach Mike Avery talks with senior Zev Taublieb about the Valpo men's soccer program's #oneVALPO campaign for this upcoming season.
Valparaiso earns the AVCA Team Academic Award for 9th time in last 11 years. Crusaders own a .738 winning percentage in the seasons they've earned the academic honor.
The Valparaiso bowling team experienced success in the classroom as well as on the lanes last season, as it was recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for posting a cumulative team grade point average of at least 3.2.
Shane Hammink comes to Valpo after two seasons at LSU. The 6'7" guard recently made his senior international debut for the Netherlands, adding to his vast experience in international basketball.
Alec Peters showed his commitment to being a Champion in Community last November with his response following the tornado that struck his hometown of Washington, Illinois.
Valparaiso sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch will square up against some of the top singles talent in the nation August 9th-12th at the 2014 ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. Schorsch will also join teammates Charlie Emhardt and Brian Hickey in doubles action.
Fans, get ready for the newly designed ValpoAthletics.com, launching Friday, August 1!
Valparaiso women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2014 campaign, a slate which features nine home matches.
Valpo men's golf program earns GCAA All-Academic Team honors for fourth consecutive year; picks up President's Special Recognition status for posting a GPA above 3.5 for the third straight time
The new head coach of the Valparaiso softball program, Kate Stake, talks about what attracted her to Valpo, what she brings with her from previous assistant coaching stops, and more on this edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.
Valparaiso graduated senior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) repeated as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as the Golf Coaches Association of America announced this year's honorees this week.
Crusader midfielder Zev Taublieb is penning a three-part series on TopDrawerSoccer.com, chronicling his journey this summer as he traveled to Seattle to try out for, and eventually join, the Seattle Sounders U23 team.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Kate Stake has been hired as the new head coach of the Crusader softball program. Stake comes to Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team took a break from summer workouts on Monday to give back to the community of sophomore Alec Peters, whose hometown of Washington, Ill. was devastated by a massive tornado last November.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team placed three players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-2014 Honors Court, as announced by the organization today. The Crusaders’ three players were the most honored from any Horizon League school.
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Forward Joaquim Gomes rounds out five former Valparaiso men’s basketball players who have been selected to preliminary rosters in advance of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, as he is among 15 players on Angola’s preliminary squad for the upcoming tournament.
Kuramata, Barkley elected to Offensive Second Team; Green voted to Defensive Third Team, while Guilford announced as an Defensive Honorable Mention
Crusaders to host 12 home matches at the ARC, including a tournament Sept. 19-20, as they take aim at a 13th straight 20-win season and the Horizon League title
Sophomore singles player downed Michigan State's Brett Forman 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of Monday's ITA Summer Circuit Event hosted by Western Michigan University to claim first summer singles title since Eric Honert in 2012. Schorsch later teamed up with fellow sophomore Charlie Emhardt to advance to the semifinals of the doubles tourney. Junior Lucas Waak also scored a doubles championship at the Bill Van Lieshout Tournament over the weekend.
Haanpaa, Huff and Nikkila all among Finland's 20-man preliminary squad in advance of 2014 FIBA World Cup
One year after helping lead his native Australia to the silver medal at the World University Games, former Valparaiso basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff has been called into the Australian Boomers' July camp leading up to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Seattle Times' columnist Larry Stone featured former Crusader and current manager of the Seattle Mariners, Lloyd McClendon, in his Wednesday column. In his first year as skipper, McClendon has transformed a franchise stuck in neutral for the past few seasons into a playoff contender.
Crusaders were one of just 80 squads named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team; Honert, Savaglio, Schorsch dubbed All-Academic Scholar Athletes for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt claimed doubles victory Tuesday at ITA Summer Circuit event held at Purdue University. The sophomore tandem downed Indiana University's Stefan Lugonjic and Jacob Rother 8-2 to cap a perfect 5-0 run.
Ten matches at Brown Field, four fixtures against major-conference opponents highlight Mike Avery's 2014 schedule for the Valparaiso men's soccer team
Six-meet slate will send the Brown and Gold to Canada after opening weekend at Crusader Open on Sept. 5th; head coach Mike Straubel eyes top three finishes for both men's and women's squads as depth appears poised to emerge.
Men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew throws out first pitch prior to Saturday's White Sox-Mariners game; former Crusader baseball player Lloyd McClendon leads Seattle to victory as manager
All ages and skill levels are invited to join the Crusader men's tennis coaching staff for a pair of free clinics on July 9th at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The kid's camp (7-17 years old) runs from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm while the adult camp (18+) will be held from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. No sign up is necessary!
Nearly two decades ago, Patty Cisneros lost the use of her legs in an automobile accident. What she went on to accomplish can be described only as awe-inspiring. The Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer, graduate, two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, newlywed, and proud mother shared her story this past week.
For the third straight year, Valparaiso golfers Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) and Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead) have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).