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Three Seniors Honored by Mid-Con

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Seniors Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield), Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre) have earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors, the league announced today. Valpo's three All-Conference performers are the most of any school in the league.

Oppland, third in school history in career points and rebounds, has been named to the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive season. The 6'8" forward is averaging career-highs of 19.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, and has posted seven double-doubles, second in the conference. A Second Team All-Conference choice as a sophomore, Oppland was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team for the third straight year. Oppland has scored at least 20 points in a game 16 times this season, and has hit double-figure scoring in 54 of his last 58 games. The Saint Louis native is the sixth Crusader to earn All-Conference honors three times in a career, joining Harry Bell, Tracy Gipson, Bryce Drew, Lubos Barton and Raitis Grafs.

Howard earned Second Team honors, also for the second straight season. Averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a team-high 1.5 steals per game, Howard has scored in double figures 15 times in Valpo's last 16 games. The 6'5" guard/forward currently sits 14th on the Crusaders' all-time assists chart with 236 career helpers and has recorded 98 steals in his three-year Valpo career.

Kone garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference and All-Newcomer honors in his first season with the Crusaders. A transfer from the College of Southern Idaho, Kone is third on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game, and second in rebounds, hauling down 7.8 per contest. A ferocious defender, Kone has blocked 50 shots this year, sixth most in Valpo single-season history.

Regular season co-champions Oral Roberts and IUPUI won four of the five individual awards, with the Golden Eagles' Caleb Green named Mid-Con's Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and teammate Larry Owens named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. IUPUI's Ron Hunter is the Coach of the Year, while Jaguar reserve Maushae Byles has been named Sixth Man of the Year. Oakland guard Calvin Wooten prevented the sweep by earning Newcomer of the Year honors.

The Crusaders open the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament March 5 in Tulsa, Okla. at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC. Valpo, the fourth seed in the eight-team field, will meet Southern Utah in the first round at 6:00 p.m. Valpo's entire tournament run will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo