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Crusaders Prep for NCAA Championship; Cortese Named HM All-American
The Crusaders prior to the championship banquet on Wednesday evening. (Jeff Lange)
The Crusaders prior to the championship banquet on Wednesday evening. (Jeff Lange)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Valparaiso got in its final preparations for the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championship on Wednesday, culminating with the annual NCAA Championship banquet, where senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) was honored for the second straight year as an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American.  The three-day tournament begins at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio Thursday morning at 8 a.m. CDT.

Valpo’s journey began on Tuesday, as the Crusaders departed the ARC with a sendoff from a number of their fellow student-athletes and staff members at 9 a.m.  Valpo rolled into its hotel in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, on Tuesday afternoon, and after a visit to Freeway Lanes (a 20-minute drive) to drop off equipment and a stop for dinner, the Crusaders took time out for some fun, taking on the Arkansas State squad in a few games of laser tag.

Wednesday saw the Crusaders head to Freeway Lanes for their 90-minute practice session at 10:30 a.m. local time.  Following the practice, Valpo hung around the alley while all of its bowling balls were weighed, checked in and certified for competition.  The Crusaders then traveled back to the hotel, where the annual NCAA Bowling Championship banquet was held Wednesday evening, featuring a keynote speech from former collegiate bowler Jeri Edwards, who has gone on to serve as head coach for Team USA and currently is the head coach of Team Puerto Rico.

The banquet culminated with the announcement of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-American Teams, and for the second straight year, Cortese was named an Honorable Mention recipient after earning Second Team honors as a sophomore.  Cortese paced Valpo this year with a 195.5 average over 47 traditional matches, including 19 games of 200 or better.  An All-Tournament Team honoree at Vanderbilt’s Music City Classic and Central Missouri’s Greater Ozark Invitational, Cortese was recognized as one of Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” in its Dec. 5, 2011 issue.

Valpo begins the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championship Thursday morning, as introductions begin at 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. CDT).  Following a half-hour of practice, the first match is scheduled to begin at 8:50 a.m. CDT.  The Crusaders will face each of the other seven teams in round-robin action on Thursday, contested in the traditional team format, with win-loss records on the day determining seeding for Friday’s bracket play.  Valpo will take on Central Missouri, Nebraska, Sacred Heart and Arkansas State in the morning session, and will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Fairleigh Dickinson and Vanderbilt in the afternoon session.

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