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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you Valpo Athletics' biggest fan? If so, we're willing to reward you with as much as one year of FREE tuition! Click the story to read more about the largest promotion in Valparaiso University's history
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.