The Valparaiso University softball team opened the 2016 campaign Friday evening at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational in Miami, Fla., but was unable to come out victorious, as the Crusaders fell to Illinois by a 6-1 final. Senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drew three walks in the opener, the first of which made her Valpo’s all-time career leader in the category.
It’s not quite Motor City Madness, but the Brown and Gold head to Detroit nonetheless on Saturday in pursuit of a much-needed win. The Titans returned home Thursday following a 3-1 road trip, but dropped a 64-51 contest to UIC. The Crusaders seek a regular-season series split after Detroit seized a 72-66 victory at the ARC back on January 7th.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team enters Saturday night with a 2 1/2 game lead in the Horizon League standings and will take on one of the teams tied for second place, as the Crusaders play host to Wright State at the ARC. Valpo has won 25 straight home games, tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on the Valpo campus this Saturday afternoon. The 19th class in Hall of Fame history – Steve Bartholomew, Bert Bleke, Liz Mikos and Scott Petcu – will also be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game versus Wright State Saturday night.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team played rude hosts to Northern Kentucky Thursday night in the Norse’s first-ever visit to the ARC, running out to an 18-point halftime lead and cruising to a 64-52 victory.
Dani Franklin and Meredith Hamlet turned in record-setting offensive performances Thursday afternoon, but a turnover-laced first half made a late Crusader comeback attempt too tall of an order. The underclassmen combined for 47 points on 17-of-29 shooting, but Oakland prevailed in an 87-77 contest at the Athletics Center O'rena.
The Valparaiso University softball team returns to the diamond this weekend in Miami, Fla. to kick off the 2016 season. The Crusaders are looking to improve upon their mid-pack finish in league play from last season, as a veteran group returns for second-year head coach Kate Stake. Stake shares her thoughts on the upcoming season in this edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.
Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) received repeat 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 for the second straight season. With the Academic All-District honor, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.
It’s a special day in any athlete’s career when they get the chance to sign with a Division I school to continue playing their chosen sport. Monday evening, the Valparaiso University softball program –in conjunction with Team IMPACT – had the opportunity to welcome a very special new member into the team in a moving signing ceremony, as 12-year-old Andie Kalemba signed a Letter of Agreement to officially be drafted into the Crusader squad and immediately become a part of the Valpo program. Check out the video spotlighting Andie as she joined the Crusaders this week.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returns home to the ARC in search of its fifth consecutive victory on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host league newcomer Northern Kentucky for the first time. Four of the Crusaders’ next five games will be at home as Valpo looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings. Thursday night will be Motor City Madness Night at the ARC, with a number of promotions themed around the upcoming Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship. Check out head coach Bryce Drew's thoughts on last Saturday's win and the coming week in this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.
The Crusaders head to Rochester, Michigan this Thursday for their first road game in 26 days. Oakland awaits Valpo inside the Athletics Center O’Rena for a rematch of the January 9th tilt that went the Brown and Gold’s way. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies enter Thursday’s game with identical 4-7 records in Horizon League play.
Jeffrey Schorsch won his second consecutive Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor Tuesday. The junior surrendered just three games as part of a 2-0 week at singles versus Butler and IUPUI. Schorsch also teamed up with Charlie Emhardt to record convincing 6-2 and 6-0 victories at No. 1 doubles.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Chicago, Ill. on Saturday to compete at the Windy City Rumble, hosted by the University of Chicago. The Crusader men took home first place, while the women earned a third-place finish. A handful of Crusaders also competed at the two-day Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, Ind. as well.
Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) set the Crusaders’ career blocked shots record Saturday afternoon as Valpo won its 20th game of the season with a 73-55 victory at UIC. With the win, the Crusaders maintain their spot atop the Horizon League standings.
Jeffrey Schorsch surrendered just three games in two matches Saturday en route to his 68th and 69th career victories in singles. The wins tied him with Eric Honert for the most in program history. Valpo improved to 4-2 on the spring after posting 7-0 shutouts over Butler and IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Kat Hebble persevered for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles over Ball State's Carmen Blanco, but the Cardinals downed the Crusaders, 6-1, at the Muncie YMCA. Hebble advanced to 7-6 in singles play following her three-set triumph.
Jasmyn Walker again led the offensive attack for the Crusaders, but her 12 points and six boards weren't enough to overcome a treacherous third quarter. Christine and Courtney Roush combined for 31 points as Northern Kentucky recorded a 68-50 victory over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders wrap up a five-game homestand Saturday afternoon with their annual Pink Game. Nearly two dozen breast cancer survivors will be honored prior to the 1:30 pm tip. For the Northern Kentucky Norse, it’ll represent their inaugural visit to the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Pioneer Football League announced its Academic Honor Roll Friday afternoon and Valparaiso claimed 47 players on the annual academic acclaim. The PFL as a whole boasted a record 616 student-athletes to its 2015 Honor Roll.