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Valpo Bowlers Set to Hit the Lanes for Inaugural Campaign
The Crusaders begin their inaugural season this weekend. (Aran Kessler)
The Crusaders begin their inaugural season this weekend. (Aran Kessler)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ranked 20th in the nation in the NTCA preseason poll, the Valparaiso women’s bowling team, under the leadership of head coach Stephen Anthony, is ready to get its first season of intercollegiate competition underway this weekend at the Greater Ozark Invitational.

The Crusaders’ roster for its inaugural campaign features 11 bowlers, two of whom are entering their senior year at Valpo.  Five of the student-athletes are transfers, while the other four arrived at Valparaiso this fall as true freshmen.  Erin Gleason and Alana Mackenthun are the two upperclassmen on this year’s Valparaiso squad, both of whom bowled for their varsity teams throughout their high school careers.

Among the Crusader transfers are twins Amanda Cortese and Natalie Cortese, both of whom have three seasons of eligibility remaining after transferring to Valpo from national-runners up University of Central Missouri.  Natalie ranked fourth on the Jennies last year with a 189 average as a freshman, while Amanda averaged a 180 on the lanes in her rookie season.

Valpo also welcomes two other transfers from national semifinal teams.  Jessica Guertin joins the Crusaders after spending her freshman season at national semifinalist Fairleigh Dickinson.  Guertin, who won the MHSAA Division I Singles state title in 2006, bowled in five tournaments for the Knights as a freshman, including the NEC Championships.  Krystyna Johnson comes to Valpo from national semifinalist Delaware State, where she carried a 183 average in limited action as a freshman after earning All-State accolades in her senior year of high school.

Ashley Busiel also transferred to Valpo prior to this academic year, but has freshman eligibility, as she joins the Crusaders from Harper College, which does not have a bowling squad.  Busiel captured the Wisconsin Scholarship Bowling Club championship in March of this year.  Prep classmates Nicole Hamilton and Lisa Janasik arrive at Valpo for their freshman year from Plainfield South [Ill.] H.S., where they served as co-captains, leading the squad to a fourth-place finish in its first-ever appearance at the state championships.  Hamilton was a two-time state qualifier individually, while Janasik bowled leadoff for the Cougars last year and earned the team’s Cougar Award.

Morgan Sharp [begins her collegiate career after a very successful prep career, where she captained the Lockport TownshipIll.] H.S. bowling squad to a state title as a senior.  Sharp placed 21st individually at the state tournament as a senior as well, rolling a 203.6 average.  The final Crusader freshman is Gretchen VanHeeren, a four-year varsity bowler for Byron [Ill.] H.S.

This weekend’s tournament is one of ten that the Crusaders will participate in over the next five months as they prepare for their first appearance at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for April 8-10 in North Brunswick, N.J.  Included on Valpo’s schedule this year is its first home event, the Crusader Classic at Inman’s Recreation Center on November 13-14.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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