Valpo scored six runs in the second inning, propelling the Crusaders to a 7-1 win over Wright State in their opener at the Horizon League Championship Wednesday. Mollie Lindeman went the distance in the circle for the win, which advanced Valpo to take on UIC Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT. During the win over the Raiders, Kaitlyn Ranieri matched Valpo's career walks record, while Taylor Nadler completed a streak of 10 straight plate appearances reaching base, tied for eighth-most in NCAA history.
With the clock reading 7:31 pm local time and the sun setting on a rustic Emory G. Bauer Field, Jeff Edwards cracked an opposite-field, 13th-inning single to score Giovanni Garbella and break a 7-7 tie. Spencer Mahoney tallied four hits as he was one of four Crusaders to record three or more hits.
The Valparaiso University softball team takes aim at the 2015 Horizon League title this week, as the Crusaders head to Oakland, site of the Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders open tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. CT against third-seeded Wright State. Check out thoughts from head coach Kate Stake heading into the tournament, in the attached Valpo Coaches Show.
A trio of Valparaiso University softball players received postseason accolades from the Horizon League Tuesday, as the league announced its postseason award winners. Junior Kaitlyn Ranieri repeated as a First Team All-League honoree. Freshman Taylor Nadler earned Second Team All-League accolades and also received a spot on the All-Freshman Team, where she was joined by fellow rookie Stephanie Moreno.
Valpo head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced Tuesday that Amber Lindfors and Imani Scott-Thompson have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play with the Crusaders. Lindfors and Scott-Thompson will join Meredith Hamlet, Claire Marburger, Hannah Schaub, and Allison Schofield as newcomers for the 2015-16 season.
The southpaw was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his three-hit shutout of Milwaukee this past weekend. Lundeen, the 2014 Co-Pitcher of the Year, struck out five Panthers while walking just one in a 117-pitch gem on Friday afternoon. This represents his third career Pitcher of the Week honor.
Freshman Giovanni Garbella laced his first career round-tripper in the home half of the seventh to draw Valpo within one run, but Panther catcher Daulton Varsho's ninth-inning two-run homer provided the insurance necessary for Milwaukee as the visitors notched an 8-6 win over the Crusaders in Sunday's series finale at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Jacob Frey and Jacob Smutz each scored in the hammer throw with third and fourth places finishes, respectively, as Valpo finished the Horizon League Outdoor Championship with their best finish since joining the league in 2007.
The Valparaiso University softball team finished the regular season in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League standings and has earned the fifth seed for the Horizon League Championship, which begins Wednesday at Oakland. The Crusaders will face third-seeded Wright State to open the tournament Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Justin Zosso captured the pole vault title with a new school record while Alexander Watson took second with a new personal best at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship. The Crusaders stayed in second place on day two.
Jazmin Taylor took home the crown in the high jump and several Crusaders captured runner-up finishes in the second day of action at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships. Valpo sits in second place heading into the final day.
Crusaders honor seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway on Senior Day before Saturday's doubleheader, and then earn a spot in the Horizon League Championship with 7-5 and 9-5 wins over Youngstown State. Taylor Nadler reached base in all eight of her plate appearances Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri broke Valpo's single-season walks record as well.
Spencer Mahoney enjoyed another three-hit afternoon, but Milwaukee plated four runs in the final two innings en route to an 8-5 win over Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday. The series will be decided Sunday afternoon in a 12:00 pm first pitch.
Spencer Mahoney's solo shot on the first pitch of the day from UWM starter Brian Keller was all Dalton Lundeen needed as the junior spun a three-hit shutout in Valpo's 6-0 series-opening win over Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday. Mahoney registered his 200th career hit in the fourth with an infield single. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.
The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off its three-game series with Youngstown State Friday from the Valparaiso University Softball Field with a big win, taking down the Penguins by a 9-7 final in the series opener. Kaitlyn Ranieri and Taylor Nadler each scored three runs in the winning effort. Valpo hosts YSU on Senior Day Saturday at 11 a.m., with ceremonies before the game to honor Crusader seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway.
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.
Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that midfielder Michelle Mottonen will be transferring to join the reigning Horizon League champions from TCU and will be immediately eligible for the 2015 season, with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The final weekend of the regular season is upon the Valparaiso University softball team, and it is a critical one, as the Crusaders take on Youngstown State in a three-game set beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Valpo seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway will be honored prior to the start of Saturday’s doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Senior Day ceremonies as they play the final home series of their careers.
Milwaukee brings one of the league’s best pitching staffs into Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend for a key Horizon League series. Two games separate the Crusaders and Panthers for third place in the Horizon League standings. Furthermore, two games separate Valpo from second-place Wright State within a crowded leaderboard.
The Valparaiso women's track and field teams look to throw far, jump high and run fast this weekend as they compete in the 2015 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Oakland. The senior trio of Sarah Drozdowski, Sarah Peters, and Jazmin Taylor all hold the top spots in their respective events.
The Valparaiso men's track and field team will head north to Oakland for the Horizon League Outdoor Championship this weekend. Jeremy Getz and Justin Zosso lead the Horizon League in their respective events. Zosso is the defending champion in the pole vault while Getz is among the top-40 in the nation in the javelin.
Valpo football graduated senior Stuart Barkley was among the 826 total players selected nationwide as members of the 2015 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
A barrage of two-out hits catapulted Northern Illinois to a 5-3 win over Valpo on Wednesday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb. Crusader starter Drew Hasler was coasting through the sixth inning until four straight singles resulted in a 2-0 deficit ballooning to 5-0. Dustin Beasley (2-for-4) recorded the Brown and Gold's lone extra-base hit, a double in the visitor's half of the second inning.
Ashlyn Montgomery and Mollie Lindeman combined on a four-hitter Wednesday, while Taylor Lawson and Sierra Pico picked up two hits apiece, but it wasn't enough for Valpo to earn the win, as the Crusader softball team fell at Bowling Green, 2-0. Valpo returns home to host Youngstown State this weekend in the final series of the regular season.
Spencer Mahoney's 198th career hit lifted Valpo to a 2-1 win in 11 innings over Chicago State on Tuesday afternoon. The RBI single came with two outs to crack a tied game that had been 1-1 since the visitor's half of the seventh.
The Valparaiso University softball team will play a single game Wednesday afternoon at Bowling Green to close out its non-league schedule, taking on the Falcons at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. The single game replaces the previously-scheduled doubleheader. Valpo will then return home for the final Horizon League series of the season, starting Friday against Youngstown State.
Sophomores Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio/Carroll) and Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) both claimed All-Tournament accolades as the Horizon League Championship came to a close Sunday. Seitz and Webb led the way for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team en route to a fourth-place finish.
The Crusaders kept the hit parade going Sunday as they parlayed 13 hits into six runs in a 6-2 win in the series finale at Oakland. Spencer Mahoney and Jeff Edwards slugged three hits each while Ryan Fritze limited the Golden Grizzly offense to two runs over seven innings. Valpo improved to 12-8 in Horizon League play after the series win.
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt tallied their record-setting 30th doubles victory of the season Sunday, but Green Bay registered a 4-0 win to capture the Horizon League Championship title in West Lafayette.
Sibil Gill and Annie Gaugert led Valpo with an 80 (242) and 86 (246) to finish in 14th and 15th, respectively, at the Horizon League Championship in Florida. The Crusaders finished in sixth place as a team with the eighth lowest 54-hole score in school history.
The Valparaiso women's track and field team opened their new home, the Warren G. Hoger Track, on a cold, rainy Saturday and had six athletes capture titles. Hannah Reynard moved up to third place in the 400 meter hurdles too.
Led by sophomore Nick Seitz, who sits in third place individually after 36 holes, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team maintained its hold on fourth place at the Horizon League Championship Saturday and is in a position to move up the team leaderboard during the final round on Sunday. Sophomore Peter Webb is tied for ninth after two rounds as well.
Seven Crusaders enjoyed multi-hit games at the plate while Mario Losi delivered seven innings of one-run ball in a 14-1 walloping of Oakland on Saturday. Freshman Giovanni Garbella drove in a game-high three runs in just his third collegiate start. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.
The Valpo men's tennis team is one step away from the NCAA Tournament thanks to a 4-1 win over Cleveland State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship on Saturday afternoon. Dave Bacalla earned the all-important fourth point after rallying for a 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.
Three home runs, including a pair of mammoth blasts from freshman Stephanie Moreno, accounted for all seven of the runs for the Valparaiso University softball team in its nightcap at Detroit on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders took down the Titans, 7-5. Valpo rebounded from a 16-3 loss to Detroit in Saturday’s opener.
Sibil Gill shot a 76 to move up 13 spots on the leader board on day two action at the Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders slashed 15 strokes off their score to move into fourth place heading into the final day of actioin.
The Crusaders scored all six of their runs between the 6th and 8th innings of Friday's opener against Oakland, but 15 hits fueled the Golden Grizzlies in an 8-6 win over Valpo. Nolan Lodden enjoyed his 14th multi-hit game of the season with a 3-for-5 afternoon at the plate.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team sits in fourth place after the opening day of the Horizon League Championship from Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Friday, just one shot out of third position and within striking distance of the top teams. Sophomore Nick Seitz paced Valpo on Friday with an opening-round 74.
The Valparaiso track and field teams will host the first home meet in over 50 years on Saturday at the new Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field. Action gets underway at 10:30 CT with throwing events at Eastgate Field. Jumps will start at Hoger Track and 1:00 pm with running events starting 30 minutes later.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named Horizon League Player of the Year; classmate Dave Bacalla was also named First Team All-League as announced by the league office Thursday evening. Schorsch is the first Crusader to earn the distinction since Valparaiso joined the Horizon League, and just the fourth ever to be named a Conference Player of the Year.
For the second time in three years, Valparaiso University men’s golf head coach David Gring was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as the league held its annual awards banquet preceding the league tournament Thursday evening. In addition, the Crusaders placed a pair of golfers on the All-League squad, as sophomores Nick Seitz and Peter Webb earned All-League accolades.
With first place still within reach, the Crusaders head to Michigan to improve upon their 10-7 record in Horizon League play. Dalton Lundeen (3-4, 4.76) will take the ball in Friday's 2:00 pm CT opener in search of his first win away from home. The junior struck out 10 Golden Grizzlies while allowing just one earned run in a complete game effort two weeks ago at Emory G. Bauer Field. Live video is available for all three games.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s golf teams have invaded the Sunshine State, looking to bring home the hardware from the 2015 Horizon League Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. this weekend. Men's golf head coach David Gring and women's golf head coach Mat Blair joined the Valpo Coaches Show prior to their departure to preview the championship event.
A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball program this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to Detroit for a three-game set. Valpo will take on the Titans twice on Saturday and once on Sunday in the penultimate weekend of league play, fighting for a spot in the postseason tournament field.
Sarah Drozdowski was named the Horizon League Female Athlete of the Week on Wednesday following a record-setting performance at the Illini Twilight over the weekend. This is her second time winning the weekly award in the last three weeks.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following his 2-0 weekend in both singles and doubles play. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced on Tuesday a partnership between the team and the #oneValpo initiative with Valparaiso University Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) in support of SALT’s Color 4 a Cause (C4C). The C4C 5K is set for May 2 and the course will run through the Valparaiso University campus.
Valparaiso University bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Kendra Tryniski has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2015-16 season.
Valparaiso University will hold tryouts for the 2015-2016 cheerleading and dance teams on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Gym 2 of the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tryouts are open to all current Valpo students and incoming freshmen.
Three Valpo football players have put their heads - and hands - together to establish the University's first robotic football team. See how Hayden Hast, Jake Hutson, and J.T. Rotroff's intelligence and resourcefulness have made them Champions in the Classroom.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team wrapped up regular season play Sunday when they headed to the clubhouse after the final 18 holes at the Wolfpack Spring Open in Raleigh, N.C. The Crusaders held their ground and finished in ninth place after shooting a 296, two shots better than the previous day.
The Crusader men's tennis team collected their 20th win of the spring with a resounding 6-1 win at Youngstown State on Sunday morning at the YSU Outdoor Courts. Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt went 2-0 on the day with a victory at No. 1 doubles followed by wins at No. 1 and 4 singles, respectively.
Senior Michele Fredlake recorded a 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 marathon winner at No. 6 singles versus Victoria Ferry on Sunday morning at the Youngstown State Outdoor Courts. Valpo fell 6-1 in the season finale as the Penguins completed a perfect 8-0 run in Horizon League play.
The Crusaders were 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position on the day, but a two-run double from Daniel Delaney and a two-run single by Shea Molitor helped the Brown and Gold to a 5-4 win in the opening game of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo stranded 14 runners on base in a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.
There were players making key plays and coming up with key hits up and down the roster of the Valparaiso University softball team on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Crusaders swept Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader by scores of 7-4 and 7-6, the latter win coming in 10 innings.
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team took to the links Saturday afternoon for the start of its last tournament before the Horizon League Championships. This time, the action took place at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club, in Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Spring Open. Over the opening 18 holes of a 36-hole tournament, the Crusaders carded a 298 as a team and currently sit in ninth place behind leader and tournament host North Carolina State.
The Valpo men's tennis team's bid for a 20-win season will have to wait at least one more day. The Cleveland State Vikings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend the Crusaders 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the CWRU Carlton Courts.
The Valpo women's tennis team dropped the first match of its road trip, 7-0, to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Paramount Tennis Club. Paige Heuer took Aleksandra Golawska to three sets at No. 4, but Golawska escaped with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win.
Jake Hutson ran for two touchdowns while Frank Catrine dazzled the crowd with his speed and moves down the sideline on a 47 screen pass that went for six in the 15th annual Brown and Gold Game on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Sibil Gill recorded an eagle in her 2 and 1 match play win while shooting a 77 at the IUPUI/Valpo Match Play at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Ind. Angie Gaugert also carded a 77 en route to a win.
A pair of five-run frames was more than enough for the Flames as UIC cruised to a 12-3 win over Valpo on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a chance of rain on Sunday, the teams will complete the series Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 am CT.
The Valparaiso University softball team led after its third time at bat in its series opener at Horizon League foe Cleveland State Friday afternoon, but the Vikings scored eight unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell by a 9-2 final.
The annual Brown vs. Gold spring game is slated for Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am as head football coach Dave Cecchini's rebuilding project is in its next phase. Cecchini is expecting around 95 players to report camp this summer; however, only 54 of those are on campus right now. As a result, this year's exhibition will deviate from last spring's draft style game.
The second half of the Horizon League schedule launches this weekend and Emory G. Bauer will play host to a dandy. First-place UIC will make the short trip over from Chicago to take on Valpo, who enters the three-game series 1.5 games behind the Flames. The Crusaders boast a 7-1 home record.
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.
The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a pair of non-league contests Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., dropping 12-4 and 4-2 decisions to Northern Illinois. Taylor Weissenhofer struck out a season-best seven batters in the nightcap.
Cary Milanes picked up her eighth win in singles play, but it wasn't enough as Chicago State collected a 6-1 win over the Crusaders Tuesday in Valpo's final home match of the spring. The top three singles matches all went three sets.
Western Michigan limited Valpo to just five hits in a 6-1 defeat of the Crusaders at Robert J. Bobb Stadium in Kalamazoo on Tuesday afternoon. Nolan Lodden collected his 29th RBI of the season while Drew Hasler threw six innings of two-run ball in the loss.
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.
The Valpo men's soccer team raised over $52,000 in their annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser on Saturday afternoon. President Mark Heckler was one of 130 people to have their heads shaved to help fight childhood cancer.
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.
Crusaders turn a triple play in the seventh inning, Mahoney becomes the all-time assists leader, and Nate Palace rocketed his seventh home run of the season - all in a 3-hour, 45-minute 15-7 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to complete the three-game sweep.
The Valparaiso University softball team snapped its losing streak in style Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, coming from four runs down to score a 9-4 victory over UIC in Horizon League play. Sophomore Jorgi Calombaris led the way offensively with a career-best five RBIs.
The Valparaiso baseball program announced plans for its 2015 Prospect Camp on Monday. The single-day camp will be held on June 9th from 9:00am CT until 4:30pm CT at Emory G. Bauer Field. The camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and/or grade level).
Sunday morning's match against Oakland will serve as Senior Day for Valpo women's tennis. Megan Barthels, Michele Fredlake, Kaitlyn Hamel, and Michele Fredlake will each be recognized prior to the 11:00 am first serve at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
Oakland put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the 9th, but Bryce Yoder nailed down his fourth save of the season to safeguard an 8-7 win for the Brown and Gold on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Spencer Mahoney sent a two-run shot over the right-field wall for his first home run of the season. Daniel Delaney went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
The Valparaiso University softball team fell short in a pair of comeback attempts in Horizon League play Saturday afternoon against UIC, dropping league games by final scores of 11-9 and 11-5 to the Flames. Taylor Nadler picked up five hits to lead the Valpo offense Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri connected on two home runs and Tarah McShane hit a home run as well.
Valpo women's tennis dropped a 6-1 Horizon League contest to the Detroit Titans on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Kathleen Hebble got Valpo on the scoreboard with her sixth singles victory of the season. She persevered for a 7-6 (6-1), 6-3 win over Valeryia Kulikovskay at No. 2 singles.
Dalton Lundeen threw a career-high 136 pitches to earn his first complete game victory of 2015 as he dispelled Oakland 9-3 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Nate Palace and Daniel Delaney had two runs batted in apiece as the former went yard for his sixth home run of the season.
The Valpo men's tennis team returned to its winning ways Friday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout of the Detroit Titans at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Kyle Dunn clinched the Crusaders' 18th win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles.
A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball team this weekend, as the Crusaders host UIC at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series. But the Crusaders will have to wait one more day to open the series, as Friday’s game has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m., while today’s postponement will be made up Sunday at noon. Saturday will also serve as Alumni Day for the Crusader softball program, as Valpo welcomes back more than 20 former players.
Sarah Drozdowski bettered her second best school mark in the hammer throw by almost six feet and Chris Sosnowski set the fourth farthest hammer throw in school history on Thursday in the first day of the Tennessee Relays.
After playing their last five away from Emory G. Bauer Field, the Crusaders return home to host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a three-game series this weekend. Friday's series opener begins an enticing stretch of the schedule that has the Crusaders playing 15 of their next 20 contests at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo is 3-0 in HL series openers thus far.
Head women's tennis coach Traci Young sat down with Brad Collignon this week to discuss the Crusaders' win over Green Bay last Saturday, a wave of strong underclassmen, as well as her squad's four seniors.
Valparaiso fifth-year senior Torrie Decker became just the second bowler in Crusader program history to earn All-American honors, as she was named an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American on Wednesday night.
Spencer Mahoney tallied his ninth double of the season while Nolan Lodden raised his season average to .365 after a 2-for-4 day, but the Crusaders were unable to cross the plate in a 6-0 loss to the Fighting Irish Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Valparaiso softball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader at Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon on a cool, overcast day in Madison, Wis., dropping the opener 10-2 and the nightcap 11-2. Mollie Lindeman connected on her first home run in a Crusader uniform in the first game.
Senior thrower Sarah Drozdowski was named the Horizon League Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. She won titles in the shot put and hammer throw this past weekend while also picking up a third place finish in the discus.
On an overcast day Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Valparaiso softball team struggled to finish innings offensively, leaving 10 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to IPFW.
Wednesday evening's game between the Crusaders and Fighting Irish will represent the 93rd meeting between the instate rivals. Both clubs will trot out lefties to the mound as Notre Dame (20-10)'s Scott Tully will make his first start - 12th appearance - of the season. Meanwhile, freshman Connor Kaucic receives his third starting assignment for Valpo.
Tuesday's baseball game between Valparaiso and Toledo has been cancelled due to a dicey weather forecast. The Crusaders will return to the diamond tomorrow evening at Frank Eck Stadium on the campus of Notre Dame. First pitch between the Fighting Irish and the Brown and Gold is slated for 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team claimed its second tournament championship of the season on Monday afternoon, as the Crusaders defeated Northern Kentucky in a playoff by one stroke to bring home the title from the Wright State Invitational.
A full week with six games awaits the Crusader softball team this week, starting with a pair of non-league dates. Valpo will step out of Horizon League play Tuesday at home against IPFW at 3:30 p.m. - which will serve as the program’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day - and then head to Wisconsin for a twinbill Wednesday afternoon.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team put itself in prime position to capture its second tournament championship of the season, as the Crusaders closed out the first 36 holes of the 54-hole Wright State Invitational on Sunday in second place out of nine competing teams. Jared Magoline enters Monday second in the individual standings, just one stroke out of the lead.
Valparaiso fought back from a two-run hole to claim a 3-2 sixth-inning lead, but Milwaukee scored five runs off the Crusader bullpen to win the series finale, 7-3, at Henry Aaron Field on Saturday afternoon. Spencer Mahoney and Daniel Delaney cracked two hits apiece, but Valpo left 12 runners on base in the loss.
A showdown between two of the powerhouses in Horizon League men's tennis lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Valpo and Green Bay split six singles matches, but the Phoenix claimed the decisive doubles point en route to a 4-3 win over the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso softball team took the lead early in both ends of a doubleheader against Oakland in Horizon League action on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Golden Grizzlies would come from behind to send the Crusaders to a pair of losses, as Valpo fell 7-2 and 6-3. Taylor Lawson scored three runs on the day to lead the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Milwaukee Friday night at The Courts of NWI. The Crusaders return to action Saturday morning at the Valpo Tennis Complex at 11 am versus the Green Bay Phoenix.
After Shea Molitor's two-out RBI single tied the game in the top of the ninth, Mike Porcaro delivered a single to center to give the Panthers a 7-6 walkoff win at Henry Aaron Field on Friday. Dalton Lundeen struck out ten without walking a batter over seven innings but did not factor into the decision. Nolan Lodden jacked his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth.
The Valparaiso softball team fell in its Horizon League series opener to Oakland on Friday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, 8-0. Freshman Taylor Nadler went 2-for-2 to lead the Valpo effort.
Valpo rallied back from three separate deficits to claim an 11-10 win in 12 innings over Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field on Thursday. Bryce Yoder pitched a career-most 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win while Spencer Mahoney and Josh Clark each had three-hit games at the plate.
Another day, another schedule adjustment for the Valparaiso softball team. This time, with this weekend’s series already having been moved to the Valparaiso University Softball Field from Oakland, Friday’s game time has been pushed up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of rain in the afternoon. Saturday’s twinbill remains as a 1 p.m. start.
Valparaiso heads to Milwaukee on Thursday for its first Horizon League series away from the pastoral confines of Emory G. Bauer Field. Henry Aaron Field welcomes Valpo for the Panthers’ “official” home opener. The Crusaders enter this weekend two games ahead of UWM for third place in the HL standings.
The Valparaiso softball team fell victim to the home run ball in a non-league doubleheader Wednesday afternoon on a warm, sunny day in Indianapolis, giving up seven home runs as the Crusaders dropped the two games by final scores of 6-4 and 11-3 to IUPUI.
For the first time since March 15, the Valparaiso softball team will leave home this week. The Crusaders travel to Indianapolis for a non-league doubleheader at IUPUI on Wednesday. Valpo will then return home for its Horizon League series versus Oakland, which was originally scheduled to be played at Oakland. The Crusaders will host the Golden Grizzlies for a single game Friday at 3pm and a doubleheader Saturday at 1pm.
Spring still hasn't completely sprung in Valparaiso, and with the combination of rain that moved through early Sunday afternoon and projected wind chill factors later in the afternoon below the league's minimum threshold, the Crusader softball team's series finale against Wright State has been canceled and won't be made up.
Impending winter weather has forced the cancellation of Sunday's series finale between Valparaiso and Wright State. The Crusaders will return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon at Ball State. First pitch from the Ball Diamond in Muncie is slated for 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT. A link to the live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Dalton Lundeen surrendered just one earned run over seven innings of the Crusaders' 7-6 game one win, but Wright State put up a three-spot in the seventh inning of the second game to spoil Valpo's bid for a DH sweep. The rubber game of this series will be held Sunday at 1 pm CT.
Runs weren’t hard to come by for the Valparaiso and Wright State softball teams in a doubleheader Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as a pair of high-scoring games saw squads overcome large deficits. The Crusaders held a six-run lead in game one before WSU rallied for an 11-9 win, but in the nightcap, Valpo overcame a three-run deficit for a 9-7 victory.
Kathleen Hebble collected a commanding straight-set win at No. 2 singles, but it wasn't enough as the host Raiders defeated the Brown and Gold 6-1 at the Dayton Center Courts in Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
Wright State rides into town on an 11-game winning streak ahead of its first road series in Horizon League play. The Raiders enter this series 31-4 in their last 35 league games, but three of those four losses have come at the hands of the Brown and Gold. At 6-0, WSU is two games ahead of 4-2 Valpo in the league standings.
The Valparaiso softball team continues Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders host Wright State in a three-game series at home. The series has been shifted a bit due to weather, as the two squads are now slated to play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2015 Division I District 12 Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers, as announced by the NABC on Friday. In addition, sophomore Alec Peters garnered a First Team All-District 12 selection – Valpo’s sixth All-District honoree in the last four years.
Valparaiso and Wright State's three-game series originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday has been adjusted due to cold temperatures. Friday's game has been pushed back a day as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 12 pm CT. Game two will be played 30 minutes after the completion of the first tilt. Sunday's series finale will be played at 1 pm CT.
The Valparaiso track and field teams will not be competing at the Puma Invitational this weekend due to inclement weather in the forecast. Valpo will still be sending athletes to the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State. Live results and video (paid subscription required) will be available for the relays at ValpoAthletics.com.
With a high temperature that’s not even expected to crack 30 degrees on Friday, the Valparaiso softball team has adjusted its weekend series at home against Wright State. Friday’s single game has been moved to Sunday, with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s doubleheader remains unchanged, with first pitch of the twinbill slated for 1 p.m.
Spencer Mahoney and Mark Johnson led a 14-hit day at the plate while Ellis Foreman kept the Cougars off the scoreboard until the seventh inning of Valpo's 7-2 victory over Chicago State Wednesday afternoon in the Windy City. Freshman Luke VanLanen shut the door for the Crusaders, providing two shutout frames of relief.
Junior pole vaulter Sarah Peters was named the Horizon League Athlete of the Week following her first place performance at the Gene and Rose Edmonds Invitational this past weekend. This is Peter's second weekly award this year and first of the outdoor season.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team wrapped up the second tournament of its spring campaign when the Crusaders took to the links Tuesday for the final 18 holes at the Wallace Jones Invitational in Delhi, La. The team continued to show consistency, posting a 297 for the second straight round and finishing with a team total of 892.
While Northwest Indiana received several inches of snow on Monday morning, the Crusaders men’s golf team was hitting the links at Black Bear Golf Club in Delhi, La. for the Wallace Jones Invitational, its second tournament of the spring season. The Crusaders finished the day in ninth place.
The Valparaiso softball team got three games in at home last weekend, but Mother Nature decided that Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader with Central Michigan would be a no-go, as multiple inches of snow on Monday forced the cancellation of the twinbill with the Chippewas. Valpo is slated to return to action at home Friday afternoon to kick off a three-game Horizon League series with Wright State.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 7-10, 2015 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.
Sophomore pitcher Mario Losi shutout the Youngstown State Penguins over nine fabulous innings as Valpo finished off a sweep with a 4-0 victory Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Losi notched his first career shutout in the process, employing three double-play balls to erase potential threats.
#16 Valparaiso saw its run at the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship in Houston, Texas come to an end one match shy of the championship match, as the Crusaders finished in third place after falling to #3 Arkansas State on Sunday morning. Seniors Torrie Decker and Sadie Jasinski represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valparaiso softball team plated 17 runs in a Horizon League doubleheader at home Saturday against defending league champion Green Bay, but it would only be enough for a split of the two games, as after capturing the opener by a 10-2 final, the Crusaders dropped a 12-7 decision in the nightcap. Kaitlyn Ranieri reached base in all eight of her plate appearances on the day.
Daniel Delaney and Josh Clark both enjoyed four-hit afternoons while Nate Palace and Nolan Lodden combined to drive in five runs in Valpo's 10-8 series-clinching win over Youngstown State Saturday. Mario Losi will take the hill for the Crusaders on Sunday as the Brown and Gold seek to improve to 4-2 in Horizon League play.
The #16 Valparaiso bowling team is one of just three squads still alive at the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship, as the Crusaders will bowl for the right to hoist the first league title trophy on Sunday. Valpo will face top-seeded Arkansas State, the nation’s third-ranked team, on Sunday morning at 9:35 a.m. With a win, the Crusaders would advance to take on #6 Vanderbilt, the tournament’s third seed, and would need to take down the Commodores twice to earn the league championship.
Sophomore Alec Peters led all scorers with 18 points, but the Crusaders' last-second chance to send the game to overtime was thwarted in a 65-62 loss to Maryland at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night in the Second Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Peters canned a three-pointer at the 7:35 mark of the second half to become the first sophomore in program history to crack the 1,000-point plateau.
The Valparaiso softball team struck the first blow Friday afternoon in its Horizon League opener at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against Green Bay in a rematch of last season’s championship, but the Phoenix responded with seven unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell 7-2. The series will conclude with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team underwent its final preparations Thursday for its NCAA Tournament game on Friday afternoon against Maryland in Columbus, Ohio. Check out the NCAA Tournament Central at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA for a report from today's activities, including video thoughts from E. Victor Nickerson and Jubril Adekoya and a photo gallery from today's open practice.
Making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the 13th-seeded Valparaiso men’s basketball team travels to Columbus, Ohio to open tournament play with a Second Round game against fourth-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on TNT in its entirety.
The Crusaders will take Emory G. Bauer Field quicker than they imagined in 2015, playing Youngstown State in a “neutral” three-game series in Valparaiso. Field conditions at Eastwood Field were deemed unplayable early in the week so Valpo presented the next best opportunity. The Brown and Gold seek to rise above the .500 mark in Horizon League play with a strong showing.
The Valparaiso bowling team heads to Houston, Texas this weekend for the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship as the tournament’s fifth seed in the eight-team field. The Crusaders enter the tournament ranked 16th nationally in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, moving up one spot from the last poll.
For the second straight day, the Crusaders received a strong effort from a starting pitcher, but were held scoreless inside a Big Ten park. Purdue defeated Valpo 2-0 at Alexander Field Wednesday afternoon despite Ellis Foreman turning in 6 2/3 innings of stellar pitching.
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.
Freshman Connor Kaucic delivered a quality start against the 24th-ranked team in the nation Tuesday, but Valparaiso was unable to break into the run column against a medley of Indiana pitchers in a 4-0 loss at Bart Kaufman Stadium in Bloomington.
Join the send-off from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday morning, as the Valparaiso men's basketball team departs for Columbus and the 2015 NCAA Tournament at 10 a.m! All are invited to help wish the Crusaders luck as they prepare to take on Maryland Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. CT, live on TNT.
The Valparaiso University ticket office will be selling NCAA Tournament tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Tickets through Valpo will be $100 per person for the first 350 fans, including students. The ticket office will be taking orders both by phone (1-877-MY-VU-TIX) or in person in the main lobby of the ARC. In addition, the Alumni Association will be organizing a chartered bus trip to Columbus, as well as a pregame lunch buffet at Nationwide Arena.
Members of the men's soccer team will be hosting the fifth annual St. Baldrick's Fundraiser on Saturday, April 11 at the ARC from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Watch the attached video of Olivia Pierce to see her story and hear how she became a hero to so many others.
Valparaiso hits the road this week to face a pair of Big Ten foes in Indiana and Purdue. Tuesday will represent the Crusaders’ first trip to Bart Kaufman Field since the 2013 NCAA Regionals. Valpo will get its first glimpse of Alexander Field Wednesday evening as the Boilermakers play host in a 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT affair.
The Valparaiso softball team split for the third straight day Sunday to close out its time in the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., falling to South Dakota 9-1 before taking down Saint Peter’s by a 10-5 final. The games were the last on Valpo’s spring break trip, and the Crusaders now return home this week. The original home opener for Wednesday against Eastern Illinois has been canceled, meaning that Valpo will open the home slate and Horizon League play simultaneously Friday afternoon versus Green Bay.
Valparaiso will tip off in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in its Second Round game against Maryland at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. CT from Columbus, Ohio on Friday afternoon. The game between the 13th-seeded Crusaders and fourth-seeded Terrapins will be broadcast live in its entirety on TNT, with Ian Eagle and Doug Gottlieb on the call. The Valpo ticket office will be open at 10 a.m. on Monday, while more details about bus trips through the Alumni Office will be available on Monday as well.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team received a no. 13 seed for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will open tournament play with a second-round game against no. 4 seed Maryland on Friday, March 20. Valpo will take on the Terrapins in Columbus, Ohio, with game time to be determined later this evening.
Nate Palace reached base in all seven of his plate appearances, Daniel Delaney delivered his third home run of the season, and Mario Losi fired seven shutout innings in a 15-1 Crusader victory Sunday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
Despite being stuck in neutral for the first eight innings, Valparaiso brought the tying run into scoring position in the ninth. However, Flame reliever Ryan Hinchley preserved a 3-2 win for Jake Dahlberg and UIC Saturday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
It was another day of split decisions for the Valparaiso softball team Saturday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Valpo would drop the opener to Albany in eight innings, 6-5, suffering its fifth one-run loss of the season. But the Crusaders rebounded with a 4-2 win over Niagara in the nightcap.
The Valparaiso University Alumni Association invites fans to join the Crusaders on Selection Sunday as they find out their opponent and destination for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The viewing party will be held in the Ballrooms of the Harre Union on campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. In addition, the Valpo Athletics website has launched an NCAA Tournament Central page at ValpoAthletics.com/NCAA, which will feature daily updates during the Crusaders’ journey through the tournament.
The Valparaiso softball team, playing in its final spring break event of the year, snapped a seven-game losing streak in their second game of the day at the Rebel Spring Games, beating Albany, 9-2. The Crusaders fell to Bucknell in their first game of the day, 6-2. Jorgi Calombaris went 3-for-6 with three runs scored on the day.
Daniel Delaney (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks [Fresno State]) cracked his second home run of the season, but UIC plated six runs in its half of the fifth en route to an 8-2 win over the Crusaders at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.
Sophomore Peter Webb earns his third career Horizon League Golfer of the Week award after a two-under-par 54-hole score of 211 last week to lead the Crusaders at the Bash at the Beach Collegiate Invitational.
Horizon League play commences this weekend as Valparaiso travels to Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago for a three-game series versus the Flames. UIC enters this weekend with the hopes of snapping an early-season cool streak. The Flames’ last win came on Valentine’s Day in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Meanwhile, the Crusaders aim to move closer to the .500 mark behind an offense that has supplied plenty of potency through 11 games.
Garrett Gardner, Jeffrey Schorsch, and Michael Savaglio all recorded their 20th victories in singles play Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Valpo defeated Lehigh 4-3 in the morning followed by a 7-0 shutout of the College of Wooster.
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.
Faced with adversity, trailing by 10 late in the first half and without one of their starting guards, the Crusaders did what they have done all season long – stepped up to the challenge. Valpo scored the final two baskets of the first half and then dominated the second half, outscoring Green Bay 35-19 to earn a 54-44 victory and claim the 2015 Horizon League Championship – Valpo’s second league title in three years. With the win, the Crusaders return to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the Division I era.
The Valpo men's golf team concluded their first tournament of the spring on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the Bash at the Beach. The Crusaders finished in 11th place and were paced by Peter Webb's 211, two under par.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team earned a split in its doubleheader Tuesday, defeating Wheaton College 6-1, but falling 6-1 to the University of Miami. Jeffrey Schorsch recorded wins in both his singles and doubles matches. With the victories, the sophomore is now 19-6 in singles play and 21-4 in doubles action.
Sophomore went 3-0 in both singles and doubles play as Crusaders went undefeated with wins over Coe College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Quinnipiac. Schorsch is now 18-6 in singles play, 20-4 in doubles.
The final game of Valparaiso's spring trip has been cancelled due to rain. The Crusaders, who were scheduled to play James Madison today, will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon to open Horizon League play versus UIC in Chicago.
Trailing by three points at halftime, Milwaukee outscored the Crusaders 38-22 over the final twenty minutes in a 77-64 contest at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee. Junior Lexi Miller was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc, guiding Valpo's offensive effort to the tune of 18 points.
40 minutes away from a second Horizon League Championship in three years and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, all that stands in Valparaiso’s way is the second-seeded Green Bay Phoenix. The Crusaders and Phoenix will tip off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the ARC, live on ESPN.
The Valparaiso softball team closed action at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday afternoon. Valpo dropped the resumption of Sunday’s suspended game to the host Rams, 5-4 in nine innings, and then fell to Colorado State 8-3 in the tournament finale.
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at Saturday's Horizon League Championship semifinal win over Cleveland State and look ahead to Tuesday's title game against Green Bay.
Tickets are available now for Tuesday night's Horizon League Championship title game between Valparaiso and Green Bay, set for a 6 p.m. tip at the ARC. Fans can buy tickets by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/, calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX or visiting the ticket office (located in the main lobby of the ARC), which will be open Sunday noon-4 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. through game time.
The Horizon League announced its postseason awards Monday afternoon, and a pair of Crusader freshmen cleaned up. Dani Franklin was named Freshman of the Year and Sixth Person of the Year in addition to a spot on the All-Freshmen Team. Classmate Jasmyn Walker joined Franklin on the All-Freshmen Team.
Sophomore Nate Palace was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. The first baseman cranked four home runs, drove in 17 runs, and scored 11 times in five games.
Nate Palace ripped his third home run in two games Sunday afternoon at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C., but USC Upstate came back from an 11-3 deficit to claim the series with a 17-13 victory over Valparaiso.
The opening round of the 2015 Horizon League Championship gets underway Monday evening at the Klotsche Center. Valparaiso will make its third trip to the state of Wisconsin as the Panthers await the Crusaders in what will be the teams’ fifth meeting in the last 53 weeks. The 7:00 pm CT affair will feature three of the best freshmen the Horizon League have to offer: UWM’s Jenny Lindner and Valpo’s Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker.
The Valparaiso softball team continued play at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sunday. Facing the host Rams in the nightcap, the Crusaders battled CSU to a 2-2 tie through eight innings before the game was suspended due to darkness. The game will be resumed on Monday before Valpo’s tournament finale against the Rams. In Sunday’s opener, the Crusaders fell 13-1 to Omaha.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer to its second Horizon League Championship trophy in three years on Saturday night at the ARC, ending the game on a 7-2 run and earning a 60-55 victory over fourth-seeded Cleveland State to advance to the league tournament championship game. Valpo will take on second-seeded Green Bay Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT at the ARC for the right to represent the Horizon League in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders set a new program record as well on Saturday, winning their 27th game of the season.
Sophomore Nate Palace enjoyed a career day at the plate, launching a pair of home runs as part of a seven-RBI game in the Crusaders' 17-5 victory over the USC Upstate Spartans. Nolan Lodden drove in three runs, scored four times, and walked twice as the junior is the owner of a .476/.577/.810 slash line since moving to the second spot of the batting order a week ago.
The Valparaiso softball team finally got action underway at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, but the results wouldn’t fall the Crusaders’ way, as Valpo dropped run-rule decisions to Omaha (11-2) and Drake (8-0).
The Valparaiso men's tennis team downed Coe College, 5-2, on Saturday morning at the Lake Cane Courts in Orlando, Florida, before shutting out St. Thomas Aquinas (NY), 7-0, to open its spring trip with a pair of victories.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker vaulted her way into the Valpo record books, but Heidi Schlegel and the Youngstown State Penguins prevailed Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center, 80-57. By virtue of Wright State's victory over the Panthers on Saturday, the Crusaders will travel to Milwaukee on Monday evening for the first round game of the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team will face fourth-seeded Cleveland State in the second semifinal of the 2015 Horizon League Championship Saturday night at the ARC. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. and be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Valparaiso rattled off five runs between the seventh and the eighth innings to trim USC Upstate's lead to 8-7, but the tying run was stranded 90 feet away in the Crusaders' third one-run loss. Outfielder Josh Clark went deep for the first time in his Crusader career.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team opened play at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn. on Friday, hosted by Vanderbilt. The Crusaders went 0-5 on the first day of play, facing opponents all ranked among the nation’s top-13 teams.
The Crusaders round out the regular season Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio in a 1:05 pm CT jump ball. Valpo’s destination for the Horizon League Tournament play-in game Monday night has yet to be determined, but the Brown and Gold can do their part to surpass last season’s win total with a victory against the Penguins. Freshman Jasmyn Walker needs just three boards to crack Valpo's top-10 for total rebounds in a season.
The Valparaiso softball team will have to wait until Saturday to play its first game at the Colorado State Classic, as its scheduled game Friday against Drake was canceled with snow still on the outfield grass. The Crusaders are still scheduled to play their two games Saturday and Sunday.
After spending the first half of its spring trip in North Carolina, Valpo heads down to the Palmetto State to engage South Carolina Upstate in a three-game series beginning Friday at Harley Park. The Spartans enter this weekend riding a four-game winning streak that moved them to the .500 mark overall. Meanwhile, Valpo’s offense seems to have found its stride, having amassed 33 runs in their last three contests.
The Valparaiso women's basketball team saw a two-point halftime lead evaporate in a 70-55 loss to Oakland at the Athletics Center O'Rena Thursday night in Rochester, Michigan. Freshman Jasmyn Walker squeezed a career-high 15 rebounds and classmate Dani Franklin regained her early-February form, posting 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
With one goal down, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team takes flight towards its second goal - winning the Horizon League Championship and earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament - on Saturday evening, when the Crusaders will face either Cleveland State or Detroit in the league tournament semifinals. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. from the ARC, and will be televised live on ESPNU.
Endowed with a 4-3 lead when play resumed, Valpo exploded for 18 runs, its highest output since April 2nd, 2010. Nate Palace accumulated six runs scored, and Dustin Beasley racked up seven runs batted in. Meanwhile, the Crusader bullpen kept a loaded Catamount offense at bay.
Fans, be on the lookout for a number of promotions at this weekend's Horizon League Championship games at the ARC, highlighted by a chance to take pictures with the Horizon League Championship and NCAA National Championship trophies!
The Crusaders’ first stop on their final road trip of the 2014-15 regular season takes them to Rochester, Michigan to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Thursday evening. Oakland, who will be celebrating its Senior Day at the Athletics Center O’Rena, can help its chances of avoiding the play-in game of the 2015 Horizon League Tournament with a win.
Less than four years ago, Bryce Drew stood at his introductory press conference and jokingly thanked his dad, Homer, for leaving at least one more thing to accomplish - winning a Horizon League championship. Now, Drew sits at the helm of the Crusader program, having led Valpo to three regular season titles in the last four years. This is a look back at how it's happened.
Due to inclement weather on Monday, the Valparaiso women's tennis team played a doubleheader Tuesday in Phoenix. The Crusaders fell to Grand Canyon in the morning, and Arizona Christian in the evening. Sophomore Paige Heuer scored a singles and doubles victory for the Brown and Gold versus the Firestorm.
Head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to look back at last Friday's regular season title-clinching victory, talk about the team's postseason awards and look forward to the Horizon League Championship.
Five Western Carolina miscues parlayed into four unearned runs for the Brown and Gold in their 8-7 victory over the Catamounts at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, North Carolina on Monday night. Ellis Foreman came on in relief in the fourth inning of a game that appeared destined for double-digit run totals and delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Bryce Yoder notched his first save of the season in a stomach-turning ninth.
Bryce Drew named Coach of the Year, Vashil Fernandez named Defensive Player of the Year, Jubril Adekoya named Sixth Man of the Year as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Monday. In addition, Alec Peters was a First Team All-League choice and Tevonn Walker made the All-Freshman Team.
Valparaiso sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell and freshman midfielder Ramone Howell have been called in by the Jamaican Football Federation for an U23 National Team camp this week leading into an international exhibition match on March 8 against the Cayman Islands in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Tickets are available today for the 2015 Horizon League Championship at the Athletics-Recreation Center! All-tournament passes are on sale now, while single-day tickets will go on sale on Tuesday morning, March 3. Free student tickets are available now as well at the Valpo ticket office.
Nolan Lodden smacked an opposite-field grand slam as part of a six-run Crusader fourth inning Saturday, but Gardner-Webb's Kevin Hodge delivered the game-winner on an RBI single in the eighth inning of the Runnin' Bulldogs' 8-7 win over Valparaiso at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Justin Zosso repeated as the indoor pole vault champion and Brandon Riley set the school record in the 400 meter prelims as the Valpo men's track team finished day one of the Horizon League Indoor Championship in first place.
The #17 Valparaiso bowling team posted one of its highest scoring days of the season on Saturday as it continued play at the Central Missouri Invitational from N. Kansas City, Mo., including a win over host #4 Central Missouri.
Gardner-Webb managed to keep the Brown and Gold off the scoreboard until junior Dustin Beasley's ninth inning solo jack thwarted the Runnin' Bulldogs shutout attempt in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Valpo's bullpen didn't allow an earned run in three innings of work, but the offense went 0-for-13 at the dish with runners on base.
Senior Sharon Karungi and freshman Jasmyn Walker both posted double-doubles, but Detroit shot 50% from the field to score a 78-57 victory over Valpo on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Three outright Horizon League regular season championships in four years. The Valparaiso men’s basketball team made sure they would share the title banner with no other team on Friday night, winning at Cleveland State 56-53 to finish atop the league with a 13-3 record. Alec Peters' four-point play with 1:11 to play all but capped the win as he finished with 15 points, as the Crusaders secured hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
Freshman Dani Gomez Barrientos set school records in the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard freestyle and was on the 200 yard freestyle relay that broke the program record to lead Valpo on the third day of the Horizon League Championships.
Junior Dalton Lundeen retired 15 Runnin' Bulldogs in a row at one point during his career-high 10-strikeout performance Friday, but three errors came back to bite the Crusaders in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
The sun sets on another home slate for the Valparaiso women’s basketball team this Saturday afternoon when Detroit makes its annual trip to the ARC. The Crusaders will honor their three seniors (Jessica Carr, Sharon Karungi, Jessica Dill) prior to the 1:35 pm tipoff. Saturday will also serve as the team’s annual Father-Daughter Game. Each daughter in attendance with her father will receive a t-shirt and team-autographed poster.
Senior Flavia Segatto bettered her school record in the women's 500 yard freestyle and the women's 400 yard medley relay team also set the school record at the Horizon League Championships on Thursday.
After inclement weather wiped out all three scheduled games last weekend in Nashville, Valpo hits the road for its Spring trip with the hopes of playing nine games in the span of twelve days. Early forecast models hint that the Crusaders may be in for more of the same as the Carolinas have received uncharacteristic winter precipitation already this week.
The regular season all comes down to one game for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team, as the Crusaders head into Cleveland State Friday night needing a win to secure the outright league regular season title and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team saw its first chance to claim the outright Horizon League regular season title slip by the wayside Wednesday evening in Detroit, Mich., as the Titans’ Juwan Howard Jr. hit three free throws with 1.3 seconds to play to send the Crusaders to a 63-60 defeat.
The Valpo swimming teams set three records on Wednesday on day one of the Horizon League Championships. Dani Gomez Barrientos set the mark in the 1000 yard freestyle, while the men's 200 yard freestyle relay and 200 yard medley relay also set the top times.
Having already secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team heads off for a Wednesday night matchup against Detroit looking to clinch the outright championship and hosting duties for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.
Freshman Dani Franklin is expected to return for the Brown and Gold Wednesday night as Valparaiso welcomes Cleveland State to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the penultimate home game of the 2014-15 season. The Crusaders are looking to earn a split in the regular season series versus the Vikings, who emerged with a 69-62 victory over Valpo back on January 8th.
Heading into the final week of the regular season with a chance to clinch the outright Horizon League title, men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview.
When one door closes, another one opens, and that’s what has happened for the Valparaiso softball team. Following the cancelation of the Crusaders’ scheduled tournament this coming weekend, head coach Kate Stake added a trip to Kissimmee, Fla. and the Rebel Spring Games to Valpo’s spring break slate.
The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled games this weekend at Arkansas’ Wooo Pig Classic from Fayetteville, Ark. have been canceled, as the tournament has been called off due to anticipated inclement weather. The tournament will not be rescheduled.
Coming off a historic fall campaign, Coach David Gring revealed the 2015 Spring schedule for the Crusader men’s golf team, a docket that will see them play in five tournaments over the course of eight weeks.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team moved one step closer towards a Horizon League regular season title on Saturday evening in front of a packed house on Senior Night at the ARC, out-dueling Wright State in a hard-fought contest, 55-48. With the win, the Crusaders are now 25-4 overall and own a 12-2 mark in league play, one game up on Cleveland State with two games left to play.
Four Crusaders made their way into double figures, but Penguin forward Heidi Schlegel recorded 38 points for the second straight game Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Jasmyn Walker tallied her third consecutive double-double as the freshman finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jenna Stauffenberg tallied four hits Saturday as the Crusader softball team split its final two games from the Samford Invitational. Valpo defeated Alabama State, 8-2, as it scored eight unanswered runs, but fell in the finale against Samford, 12-1.
Uncanny weather in the lower Midwest caused the cancellation of the Mule Mix Classic. Instead of a round-robin versus Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb, and Belmont, the Crusaders will face the Bruins three times this weekend in Nashville. Audio and live stats will be available for all three scheduled games. Follow @ValpoBaseball1 for the latest information regarding game times.
Leadoff hitter Jorgi Calombaris enjoyed a 7-for-8 day at the plate on Friday, but it would not be enough to lead Valparaiso to a win, as the Crusaders fell in their opener to Houston Baptist, 13-8, and then gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss to host Samford. Tarah McShane connected on a pair of home runs in the opener as well.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team is now the owner of an 8-0 home record after a pair of shutouts over Olivet Nazarene and Chicago State at The Courts of NWI on Friday. Kyle Dunn and Jeffrey Schorsch both went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles, while Lucas Waak put up a 2-0 record in doubles action and collected a victory in his lone singles match.
Cancer survivors will be honored prior to tipoff of the Valpo women's 1:35 pm tilt versus Youngstown State on Saturday. The Crusaders can move to within one game of Milwaukee with a win over a Penguins' squad who opened this season with a 10-game winning streak.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team concludes the regular season home slate Saturday evening as it looks to remain atop the Horizon League standings, hosting Wright State on Senior Night. Crusader seniors David Chadwick and Vashil Fernandez will be honored prior to the game, while Valpo drawstring backpacks will be given out to the first 1,000 fans through the doors.
A 12-minute field goal drought by the Brown and Gold allowed Green Bay to run away with an 87-45 victory Thursday night at the Kress Events Center. Freshman Jasmyn Walker posted her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend with four games at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. This is the first of three consecutive weekends with tournament action for the Crusaders. With inclement weather in the forecast, the schedule has been adjusted and Valpo will play two games apiece on Friday and Saturday.
Valparaiso travels to Green Bay to square off against the first-place Phoenix Thursday night before returning home for a three-game homestand. Reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week Jasmyn Walker (9.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG) leads the Crusaders into the Kress Events Center where Valpo seeks its first win since March 1st, 1991.
Valpo men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced the addition of six players to the program on Wednesday. The 2015 class features two recruits Northwest Indiana, two additions from the Chicago area and two players with international experience.
A forecast calling for inclement weather in Nashville has forced the cancellation of a round-robin style tournament involving Valparaiso baseball. Valpo will instead face Belmont only this weekend. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday (time TBA), and a single game on Sunday (time TBA).
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as the two look back at a pair of tight victories last weekend against Green Bay and Milwaukee, and look ahead to a Senior Night showdown with Wright State Saturday evening.
Following a 2-0 weekend that put Valparaiso atop the Horizon League standings, a pair of Crusaders have earned weekly honors. Freshman Tevonn Walker was named Freshman of the Week by the Horizon League – his second honor from the league office this season – and earned Lou Henson Award national Player of the Week accolades, while junior Darien Walker was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Jasmyn Walker was rewarded for her outstanding performance versus Milwaukee last Thursday with her third Horizon League Freshman of the Week award. Walker's 18 points and 13 rebounds rallied the Crusaders to a 69-56 victory over the visiting Panthers.
Valparaiso shrugged off the fact it faced its first halftime deficit in six weeks Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee, shooting 65.2% in the second half to rally from the five-point margin at the break and down the Panthers 62-55. The win was the sixth straight for the Crusaders, who improved to 24-4 overall and maintained first place in the Horizon League standings at 11-2.
Valparaiso left 12 runners on base in a 3-0 loss to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Delaney enjoyed his third straight multi-hit game. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a double, capping off a 6-for-11 (.545) weekend.
All nine starters recorded at least one hit for the Crusaders including Dustin Beasley and Daniel Delaney, who both homered in Saturday's game. Valpo banged out 12 runs on 16 hits, but San Diego State scored four runs in three different frames and threw up a seven-spot in the eighth inning of a 22-12 slugfest at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, California.
Sitting alone in first place with just four games left in the regular season, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has a quick turnaround to a Sunday afternoon game, as the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee for a 1 p.m. tip. Valpo enters the game on a five-game winning streak, its fourth winning streak of at least five games this year.
Junior Dalton Lundeen pitched very well in his 2015 debut, but shaky defense cost Valparaiso in a 5-4 defeat in its season opener versus San Diego State Friday night. The Crusaders recorded four miscues altogether, but three in particular translated into four unearned runs for the Aztecs.
Tevonn Walker finishes with a game-high 20 points as Valparaiso led by as many as 15 in the second half and held off Green Bay down the stretch for a 63-59 win at the ARC Friday night. The win moves the Crusaders into sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.
Valpo had 11 athletes compete in the Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue on Friday. Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) improved her third best mark in Valpo history in the weight throw.
Valparaiso raises the curtain on the 2015 season Friday evening in Southern California. The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Brown and Gold in a three-game set at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs have been picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to help power the Valparaiso women's basketball team past Milwaukee, 69-56, at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday night. The 56 points allowed were the fewest surrendered by the Crusaders since November 20th.
Two of the three teams tied atop the Horizon League standings square off at the ARC Friday night, as Valparaiso hosts Green Bay at 6 p.m. live on ESPN2. The Crusaders have won nine straight home games.
For the first time in three years, Valpo baseball enters the spring as the hunter as opposed to the hunted. Second-year head coach Brian Schmack welcomes an array of newcomers highlighted by a handful of JUCO-proven transfers. The Crusaders open the 2015 campaign Friday evening in Southern California.
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 men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last Sunday's win over Oakland and what has been working well for Valpo recently, and looks ahead to a pair of tough games this week against Green Bay and at Milwaukee.
The Horizon League released its preseason coaches' poll Wednesday afternoon. Valpo received 19 points in the survey, which landed them in fourth place in the six-team conference. The 19 points represent the same total as the 2014 poll.
The Crusaders play their first of four home games in the month of February this Thursday evening at 7:05 pm. Led by senior Ashley Green (20.0 PPG, 7.8 RPG), Milwaukee is currently occupied in a four-team logjam for fourth place in the Horizon League.
Head coach Dave Cecchini announced Tanner Kuramata as the team's Offensive MVP, junior John Guilford as Defensive MVP, and freshman Jarrett Morgan as Special Teams' Most Valuable Player in a season that saw the Crusaders achieve four wins for the first time since 2007.
Justin Zosso was named the Horizon League Men's Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, the league announced. Zosso bested his own top mark in the pole vault at Notre Dame on Friday by 13 inches as he won his fifth title in six meets.
Back-to-back 20-point performances versus Detroit and Wright State have earned Dani Franklin her third Horizon League Freshman of the Week award, as announced by the league office Monday. Franklin has averaged 16.0 points per game and shot 52.7% from the field in her last six contests.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team fell in its toughest match to date, 6-1, to #26 Northwestern Sunday evening at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois. Kyle Dunn battled to earn his eighth singles win of the season. The sophomore dismissed Alex Pasareanu at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-3.
Six Crusaders score in double figures and Valpo posted a key 8-2 run late in the second half to pull away for an 82-76 win over Oakland at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Crusaders to 22-4 on the season and 9-2 in Horizon League play.
The Valparaiso softball team finished the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Ga. on Sunday with a third-place finish after earning a run-rule victory over IPFW for the second straight day, 9-1. Mollie Lindeman earned the win on Sunday, while Taylor Lawson and Stephanie Moreno represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Sunday's game against Oakland, which has been moved to a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised nationwide by the American Sports Network. In the Chicagoland market, it will be carried on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus, while various regional sports networks from coast to coast will pick up the broadcast as well. Check the attached PDF for a full list of networks. In addition, it will be live streamed online at AmericanSportsNet.com.
Jacob Smutz, Jacob Frey and Andrew Guzek set the second, third and fourth best marks in Valpo history in the weight throw at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders finished in second as a team.
Crusaders run-rule IPFW, 10-2, in Saturday's opener at the Mercer Invitational for Kate Stake's first win as a collegiate head coach. Valpo fell to Mercer, 5-4, in the nightcap and will face IPFW in its tournament finale Sunday. Taylor Lawson picked up a team-best six hits on the day.
Jessica Carr's half-court heave gave Valparaiso a 42-40 halftime lead over Wright State. However, the Raiders responded with a 26-3 run as part of a 55-point second half en route to a 95-66 win versus the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team dropped just one set in its 7-0 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois Saturday at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders (4-0) wrap up this week's action at #26 Northwestern Sunday evening in Evanston.
Valparaiso welcomes Oakland to the ARC as two of the four teams with two losses in league play match up. Valpo has won eight straight home games, while the Golden Grizzlies have won seven of the last nine in the series - all of which have seen the two teams separated by six points or fewer in regulation.
Senior Megan Barthels rallied back after dropping the first set at No. 5 singles to earn a 4-6, 7-5, 12-10 victory at Bradley on Saturday morning. The Crusaders also registered a win at No. 3 doubles behind Cary Milanes/Michele Fredlake's 6-4 triumph.
The Valparaiso softball team opened the season at the Mercer Invitational on Friday, falling to Jacksonville State 5-4 and Mercer 12-4. Freshman Stephanie Moreno had four hits on the day to lead the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso volleyball program has brought in a number of heralded prep performers in the past. But none of them have earned the honor that 2015 incoming freshman Katherine Carlson recently received, as Carlson was named a Second Team High School All-American by Volleyball Magazine, as presented by Mizuno. Just 24 athletes nationwide were named First or Second Team All-Americans by the publication.
Valparaiso wraps up its swing trip Saturday afternoon in search of a regular season series split with Wright State. Freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker starred for the Crusaders in last month’s meeting versus the Raiders, as they combined for 33 points and 18 rebounds.
What began as an intriguing battle between two budding freshmen blossomed into a thorough team effort from the Crusaders Thursday night. Valpo manufactured a 74-68 victory over the Titans in Motor City thanks in part to three players finishing in double figures.
Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters received 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. With the Academic All-District honors, Peters is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.
The Pioneer Football League released its Academic Honor Roll Thursday afternoon and Valparaiso boasts 41 players on the selective list. The PFL as a whole named 568 student-athletes to its Honor Roll, a new record.
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.
Darien Walker scored a career-high 21 points, while Tevonn Walker added 19 points as well as the Crusaders snapped a three-game home losing streak to Detroit with a 78-70 win at the ARC on Wednesday. The win improves Valpo's record to 21-4 overall and keeps the Crusaders in a tie atop the Horizon League standings.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team will look to defend its Horizon League championship in 2015 with the help of seven new additions, as Crusader head coach John Marovich announced Wednesday the program had inked seven players to National Letters of Intent.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the 2015 recruiting class. The Brown and Gold officially inked 28 players on Wednesday, the first day student-athletes are able to sign National Letters of Intent with their respective institutions.
With the 2015 softball season set to open this weekend, the Horizon League released its preseason poll on Wednesday, and Valparaiso was picked to finish in third place. Before the Crusaders head to Macon, Ga., head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show to look back at how the fall season and spring practices have prepared the team for the start of the season, and what she hopes to get out of the early-season competition.
Horizon League play continues for the Valparaiso women's basketball team Thursday night at Calihan Hall. Three-time HL Freshman of the Week Darianne Seward and the Titans welcome Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker, both two-time recipients of the award, in a 6:00 pm CT tilt.
With the dawn of the 2015 softball campaign right around the corner, four Valparaiso softball players picked up preseason All-Horizon League accolades from College Sports Madness on Tuesday, highlighted by the selection of junior Kaitlyn Ranieri as the site’s preseason Field Player of the Year.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to keep its hold on a share of first place in the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders kick off a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against Detroit. Valpo is looking to snap a three-game home losing streak to the Titans. The first 1,000 fans through the doors Wednesday receive a free pair of Valpo sunglasses.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team's home game against Oakland this Sunday, February 8 has been moved to a 2 p.m. tipoff. In addition, the home game versus Green Bay on Friday, February 13 will tip at 6 p.m. and will be televised live nationwide on ESPN2.
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following a pair of Crusader victories this past weekend. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced his team's 2015 schedule Tuesday morning. Valparaiso will open the season at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3rd before welcoming Sacred Heart to Brown Field in the home opener on Sept. 12th. San Diego visits Valpo two weeks later to open the PFL schedule.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team was set to put its undefeated record on the line Monday versus #6 Illinois. However, inclement weather has forced that match to be pushed back to Saturday, February 28th at Notre Dame.
Crusaders hold off UIC surge for 70-65 win in Chicago Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for first in the Horizon League standings and reaching the 20-win mark earlier than any other team in program history. Vashil Fernandez broke Valpo's single-season blocked shots record in the win, while Darien Walker earned his first double-double as a Crusader in the return to his hometown.
#15 Valparaiso continued action from the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, facing its most challenging single-day lineup of opponents since the Crusaders’ NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.
The Valparaiso men's tennis team won its home opener Friday afternoon over IPFW, 6-1, at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders' record improved to 2-0 while Michael Savaglio and Jeffrey Schorsch moved into double-digit wins in the singles column, joining sophomore Charlie Emhardt and freshman Garrett Gardner.
Crusaders go after their 20th win of the season Saturday, making the short trip to Chicago to face UIC. The game, slated for a 2 p.m. tip, will be televised by the American Sports Network - locally available on Comcast Sports Net Chicago Plus - and streamed live online on the ASN website.
The Valparaiso women's basketball team outscored the visiting Green Bay Phoenix 35-29 in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the defending Horizon League regular season champions advanced to 6-0 in league play with a 67-52 victory Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso plays host to perennial powerhouse Green Bay on Thursday evening at the ARC. The Phoenix are five wins away from their 16th straight campaign of 20 wins or more. Meanwhile, the Crusaders are in search of their fourth win at home this season.
For the second year in a row, the UIC Pavilion rims were unkind to the Brown and Gold as the visitors weathered a dry spell of nearly eleven minutes in the first half of a 60-42 loss to the Flames on Tuesday night.
Sarah Peters was named the Horizon League Female Field Athlete of the Week after capturing the pole vault title at the IPFW Duals. She is the second winner in a row for Valpo, as Jazmin Taylor won last week.
Valpo out-scores Milwaukee 30-5 over the game's first 14 minutes Monday night and cruises to a 73-48 win over the Panthers to improve to 19-4 on the year. Alec Peters led all players with 24 points and David Skara added 14 points as the Crusaders moved to 6-2 at the halfway mark of Horizon League play.
Head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced the addition of two transfers, Isaiah Madrid and Deven Mason, for the 2015 season. Mardrid, from Florida Gulf Coast, and Mason, from Virginia Tech, both hail from Albuquerque, N.M. and were teammates at Eldorado High School.
Valparaiso will make the short trip over to the Windy City Tuesday night for a Horizon League contest versus UIC. The two teams will close out the regular season series after meeting just 17 days prior at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Both teams are coming off road losses to Milwaukee in their last games.
Giveaways at all five home games highlight the promotional schedule for the remainder of the Valparaiso men’s basketball regular season. For Monday night's game against Milwaukee, the Crusader will be celebrating his birthday, the coaching staff will be sporting sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer, and the first 2,000 fans will receive new Valpo rally towels.
Senior Megan Barthels gritted out a pair of tiebreakers at No. 5 singles before eventually falling to Maria Bessmertnaya 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-5. Akron claimed a 7-0 victory over Valparaiso at the Butler Bubble in Indianapolis.
Trailing 2-0 following doubles play and the first match of singles action, the Valparaiso men's tennis team rattled off five consecutive singles victories to close out a 5-2 triumph over Toledo at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Maumee, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
The battle of Horizon League leaders lived up to the hype Friday evening in Green Bay, but in the end, Valpo couldn't get a pair of chances for the go-ahead basket in the final 20 seconds to fall, as the Phoenix defeated the Crusaders, 51-50.
The Valpo women's track team went 3-2 at the IPFW Duals with four title winners. Sarah Peters set a new meet record in the pole vault, while Hannah Reynard and Megan Howdeshell put their names into the Valpo record books.
Crusaders close out three-game road swing on ESPNU Friday night at 8 p.m. at Green Bay. Valpo has won five in a row, is 18-3 overall and receiving votes in the USA Today coaches poll, while the Phoenix own a 16-4 record. The two squads are tied with Cleveland State atop the Horizon League standings.
Lexi Miller posted a career-high 21 points while Jessica Carr recorded a career-best eleven assists, but Milwaukee claimed a 90-79 shootout at the Klotsche Center on Wednesday evening behind Ashley Green's 31 points.
With Horizon League play underway for the Valparaiso women's basketball team, head coach Tracey Dorow joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss the contributions she's received from a pair of freshmen, and what the Crusaders can expect in the week to come.
Crusaders improve to 18-3 on the season and move into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings with a 77-62 win at Youngstown State Tuesday night. Jubril Adekoya scored a career-high 14 points, one of four Valpo players to finish in double figures.
A newly-formed consortium of eight NCAA women’s bowling programs, including Valparaiso University, have agreed to compete as the Southland Bowling League beginning in 2015, with the immediate goals of competing at the highest level and automatically qualifying for NCAA Championship in the near future.
After playing five of its last six games inside the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso hits the road for a Wednesday night showdown with Milwaukee. Senior Jessica Carr needs just five three-pointers to reach 100 for her career.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as they look back at a gritty win at Wright State Saturday evening and look ahead to two more challenging road games ahead this week.
In recognition of its #oneVALPO campaign, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team received the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Award during Valparaiso University’s annual Convocation service as part of the University’s celebration of the life and vision of Dr. King on Monday.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team brings a 17-3 overall record to Youngstown State on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders continue their three-game road swing. A win Tuesday night would move Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League standings.
Crusaders score nine straight points over a crucial 3:30 stretch late in the second half to push a one-point lead to 10 points en route to a 66-56 win at Wright State Saturday night to improve to 17-3. Vashil Fernandez led Valpo with 14 points and nine rebounds.
#15 Valparaiso continued action at the Mid-Winter Invitational from Jonesboro, Ark. on Saturday, but posted just a 1-4 mark on the day, as the Crusaders were faced with three squads which broke 1,000 in their match against Valpo.
The Wright State women's basketball team closed the first half on a 13-2 run as the Raiders claimed an 80-62 win over Valpo at the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. Freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker combined for 33 points while the latter recorded her second double-double in four games.
Valparaiso wraps up its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon versus Wright State at 1:35 pm. Player of the Year candidate Tay’ler Mingo (22.7 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.7 SPG) will lead the charge for the Raiders while Jasmyn Walker seeks to continue her excellence in Horizon League play (15.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG).
Valparaiso entered Thursday evening's game owners of the Horizon League's best three-point field percentage, but a 1-for-15 night from beyond the arc hamstrung the Crusaders in a 71-54 loss to Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
A week's break between games ends for the Valparaiso men's basketball team Saturday evening, as the Crusaders kick off a three-game road stretch at Wright State. Valpo enters the game at 16-3 on the season, the first time since the World's Tallest Team in 1944-45 it has held this good a record this late into the season.
Senior Stuart Barkley (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) was one of just 50 student-athletes named to the 17th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Valparaiso continues one of its longest home stretches of the season Thursday when Oakland visits the ARC for a 7:05 pm tipoff. The Golden Grizzlies made quick work of the visiting Milwaukee Panthers in their league opener last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold are in pursuit of their first Horizon League victory of the 2014-15 season.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at last week's pair of wins and look ahead to a tough road matchup at Wright State this Saturday night.
Alec Peters scores 24 points as Valparaiso pulls out a hard-fought battle against Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC, 58-56. The Crusaders improve to 16-3 with the win - one of just two programs in the nation with 16 wins.
Sparked by Ruvanna Campbell's 30 points and 19 rebounds, UIC seized an 86-56 victory over the Crusaders Saturday afternoon. Valpo freshman Jasmyn Walker paced the Brown and Gold with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. It was the freshman's fourth consecutive double-figure tilt.
Valparaiso hosts its first Horizon League contest of the 2014-15 slate when HL Player of the Year candidate Ruvanna Campbell (16.9 PPG, 12.9 RPG) and the UIC Flames visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders and Flames will be meeting for the 42nd time in the history of the series, with the Brown and Gold holding a 21-20 advantage.
Crusaders host Cleveland State Saturday night at the ARC at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Valpo enters the game as one of just four teams in the nation with 15 wins. The first 300 fans through the door will receive free Valpo winter beanies.
Freshman Jasmyn Walker collected her first double-double Thursday, but Valparaiso fell to Cleveland State 69-62 at the Wolstein Center. The Crusaders return to action Saturday afternoon at 1:35 pm when the UIC Flames visit the ARC.
Former Crusader Josh Kalita returns to the men's golf program as an assistant coach. Kalita was a four-year member of the team from 2009-2013 and was a senior on the 2013 Horizon League Championship squad.
Valparaiso aims to duplicate its regular season start when Horizon League play opens Thursday evening in Cleveland. Tomorrow evening's meeting represents the third of five trips to the state of Ohio for Valpo in 2014-15.
World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison returns to the ARC for the second straight year, as he will sing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders’ men’s basketball game against UIC this Thursday, January 8. Tickets are still available by visiting ValpoAthletics.com/Tickets or calling 1-877-MY-VU-TIX.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, to look back at the first weekend of Horizon League play and look ahead to a pair of home games this week on Thursday and Saturday night.
The Horizon League announced Jasmyn Walker as its Freshman of the Week Monday. The honor is the forward's first in a Crusader uniform. In two games last week, Walker averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game.
Crusaders pull down most offensive rebounds in at least 25 seasons and hold Youngstown State to no field goals over the final eight minutes, pulling away late for a 79-64 win over the Penguins in Horizon League action. Keith Carter picked up his first career double-double in the victory.
Haylee Thompson nailed down her second straight double-double, and Jasmyn Walker put together one of her strongest games in a Crusader uniform, but a pair of bookend runs by Stetson lifted the Hatters to a 73-62 win Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valparaiso begins Horizon League play Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss in its league opener, turning around just 40 hours later to host Youngstown State at the ARC Sunday afternoon. The game with the Penguins kicks off a three-game homestand this week for the Crusaders.
Crusaders rally from 16-point first-half deficit and send game into overtime on a Keith Carter 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds, but Oakland out-scores Valpo 18-4 in overtime for a 89-75 win. Tevonn Walker scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Crusaders.
The Crusaders will host Stetson on Saturday afternoon in a 1:35 pm CT tipoff in their final non-conference test of the 2014-15 season. The Brown and Gold have concluded non-league play with wins in six of their last eight seasons.
Sporting a 13-2 record, the Valparaiso men's basketball team opens up Horizon League play Friday night at Oakland at 6 p.m. CT. The all-time series has seen 14 of 24 meetings decided by five points or less, including the last seven matchups.
Head baseball coach Brian Schmack has announced that former Major League Baseball player and current Fox Sports analyst C.J. Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) will serve as guest speaker at the 5th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 31st inside the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom.
Three Crusaders notched double-doubles, freshmen Dani Franklin and Jasmyn Walker extended their career highs in points, and Valparaiso recorded its tenth-highest offensive output in a single game in a 109-81 win over Purdue-Calumet Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders hold James Madison to lowest field goal percentage, lead by 24 at the half en route to a 79-52 win on the road Monday night. The win sends Valpo, ranked fourth in the most recent Mid-Major top-25 poll, into Horizon League play with a 13-2 record.
The sun may be setting on 2014, but the Crusaders have one more date circled on this year’s calendar as they welcome Purdue-Calumet to the ARC on Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. The Peregrines are flying high in part because their high-octane offense ranks 3rd in scoring in NAIA Division II.
Valparaiso returns from Christmas to put a four-game winning streak on the line Monday evening at James Madison in the Crusaders’ final non-league game of the regular season. The Crusaders are ranked eighth in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25 poll and received a vote in last week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Sophomore Alec Peters named Horizon League men's basketball Player of the Week by the league for the second time this year after scoring 52 points in the last three halves of basketball, leading Valpo to a pair of wins.
Less than 24 hours after tallying six blocks in the Crusaders’ win at IPFW, senior Vashil Fernandez set a new program single-game record with eight blocked shots as Valparaiso rolled to a 82-55 victory over Goshen Sunday afternoon at the ARC. The Crusaders improved to 12-2 on the season with the win.
Crusaders rally from nine-point halftime deficit behind 23 second-half points from Alec Peters for 75-72 win at IPFW. Keith Carter added 18 points and Vashil Fernandez six blocks in the win. Valpo returns home looking for its 12th win of the year Sunday at 1:35 p.m. at the ARC against Goshen.
Anne Hamilton (Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) had the half of her life, Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) finished with career highs in points and rebounds, but it wasn't enough as SIU-Edwardsville turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 77-65 victory at the Vadalabene Center on Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso heads south for its penultimate game of the 2014 calendar year. A win Saturday would represent the Brown and Gold’s first in the state of Illinois since January 22nd, 2011, when they handed Loyola (Chicago) a 65-58 defeat in the Windy City.
Valparaiso looks to enter the Christmas break on a high note, as the Crusaders play games on back-to-back days this weekend. Valpo will travel to IPFW for a Saturday night contest before returning to the ARC Sunday afternoon to take on Goshen.
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.
Rita Craven adds to her impressive tally of awards, as she was named an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American - one of just 12 named to the team and the first in program history. Jenny Fassbinder earned Third Team Scholar All-American honors as well, while Kelsey Draper was a Third Team Scholar All-Region recipient.
Legendary Valparaiso football player, Fuzzy Thurston, who starred on the Crusader football team from 1953-1955 and later went on to win six NFL Championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 80.
Valparaiso rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit and withstood a late Ball State comeback effort in a 65-62 win over their in-state foe at the ARC Saturday night. Alec Peters finished with his second career double-double as the Crusaders hit the ten-win mark - one of a handful of teams in the nation with double figures in the win column.
Saturday's tilt at the ARC had a handful of familiar ingredients: freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) led the Crusaders in scoring, and their opponent opened the contest with a double-digit run en route to a school record for three-pointers in a game.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand Saturday night when it hosts Ball State at the ARC. The Crusaders are looking to become one of the nation's first teams to reach the ten-win mark this season.
The Crusaders play their final home game before Christmas this weekend as Illinois stops by the ARC for a Saturday matinee. Valpo aims to jump back over the .500 mark at home versus its second Big Ten opponent in a month.
Valparaiso men’s golf coach Dave Gring announced today that Mitchell Wittmann has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader golf program as a freshman in the fall of 2015. Wittmann is ranked first in the WPGA Class of 2015.
Freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) led all scorers with 18 points, but the Crusaders dropped an 81-62 contest Tuesday night in a game that may be best remembered for its DakotaDome-record 11 jump balls.
Valparaiso looks to rebound from just its second loss of the season as it continues a three-game homestand Wednesday night at the ARC against Trinity International. The Crusaders had their seven-game winning streak snapped last time out.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Basketball Preview to look back at last week's games and look ahead to matchups at home against Trinity International and Ball State this week.
Valparaiso travels to Vermillion, South Dakota for the first time ever Tuesday. The Coyotes, who represented the Summit League in the NCAA Tournament last season, are in the midst of a five-game homestand. Meanwhile, the Brown and Gold enter Tuesday’s matchup attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Carly Trepanier has signed an NLI with the Crusaders and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season. Trepanier was a Second Team All-State honoree last season and helped lead Manteno [Ill.] H.S. to a state title game appearance.
Head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced the signings of Meredith Hamlet (sister of Annemarie), Claire Marburger, Hannah Schaub, and Allison Schofield on Monday. All four will begin their Crusader careers as freshmen in 2015-16.
Jessica Carr recorded a career-high eight assists, but Tulsa raised the nylon on a school-record 15 threes in an 87-63 defeat of the Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo had four players finish in double figures including Jasmyn Walker, who contributed 16 points and nine rebounds.
Valparaiso women’s soccer junior midfielder Rita Craven found herself in some lofty company on Friday, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American - one of just 37 players in the nation to earn All-American honors. Craven is the first Crusader in program history to earn All-American accolades, and is one of just three players all-time from current Horizon League programs to receive the nation’s top honor.
The Valpo swim team set five school records today on day two of the Calvin Winter Invitational. Gonzalo Casto Diaz, Fred Jenny, and Max Penn all set school records individually and on the 400 yard medley relay. Flavia Segatto tied her school record in the women's 200 yard butterfly.
The Crusaders put their seven-game winning streak on the line Saturday as they host perennial Mountain West power New Mexico at the ARC at 7:05 p.m. The game, which can be seen live on ESPN3.com, will feature a halftime performance by the Chicago Bucket Boys.
An action-packed Saturday is on tap at the Athletics-Recreation Center as women's basketball kicks off a day-night doubleheader at 1:35 pm versus Tulsa. The Crusaders and Golden Hurricane enter this weekend's tilt with identical 3-4 records.
The swimming and diving teams returned to the pool on Thursday in the Calvin Winter Invitational. The 800 yard freestyle of Dani Gomez Barrientos, Flavia Segatto, Makenna Cannon and Paiton Krebs set the fastest time in Crusader history with a 7:45.26 as they finished third.
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.
Four Crusaders earn NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors - Rita Craven First Team; April Cronin, Jenny Fassbinder and Shelby Oelschlager Second Team. The quartet marked Valpo's first All-Region honorees since 2008.
13-0 run late in the second half key for the Crusaders as they win at Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night, 72-66 - snapping EKU's 25-game home non-conference winning streak. Alec Peters led the way with 21 points on seven 3-pointers as Valpo improved to 8-1 on the season.
Miami of Ohio turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 23-point victory Wednesday afternoon at Millett Hall in Oxford. RedHawk forward Hannah McCue nailed seven three-pointers as she scored a career-high 26 points and secured 15 rebounds. Jessi Wiedemann led Valpo in scoring with nine points.
Alec Peters is one of 98 nominees from Division I men's basketball for the NABC Good Works Team. Peters, a First Team All-League selection in the preseason this year, was nominated for his efforts in helping his hometown of Washington, Ill. recover from the tornadoes of last November.
Sydney Bronner, a three-time state champion in track and field; Katherine Carlson, Michigan Miss Volleyball as a senior; and Lizzie Zaleski, MVP of SportsTown Chicago All-Star Game all have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2015 campaign.
For the second straight season, junior linebacker Alex Green received Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team nod. The mechanical engineering major led the Crusader defense in tackles (108) while boasting a 3.53 grade-point average. Barkley, Guilford, Hutson, Lang voted to Second Team.
The Crusaders cross country teams announced the winners of their team awards on Tuesday. Jessica Richardson and David Rutkowski were named MVP's, Liz Bloy and Nathan Gafkjen were awarded Most Improved, and the trio of Eileen Carmignani, Michael Salguero and Adam Bruno were selected as the Coach's Award recipients.
Men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as the pair discuss Valpo's success last weekend at the Challenge in Music City and the challenges that lie ahead this week against Eastern Kentucky and New Mexico.
Crusaders head down to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. CT in search of a seventh straight win. Each of Valpo's last six wins have come by double figures, a stretch not seen from a Crusader team in nearly a decade.
Tanner Kuramata and Stuart Barkley represent the Valpo offense on the All-PFL Second Team, while Alex Green and John Guilford earn Second Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Graham III, Hall, Koeneman, Morgan, Nunes, Pennington receive Honorable Mention nods as announced by the league office Monday.
Valparaiso head coach Tracey Dorow and Miami (OH) head coach Cleve Wright went toe-to-toe seven times when their former teams were members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Dorow led Ferris State to a 6-1 record over the Wright-led Gannon Golden Knights from 2002-08. On Wednesday afternoon, the two reconvene in Oxford, Ohio for a non-conference tilt.
Crusaders roll to third win in three days, downing Portland 70-55 on Sunday to win the inaugural Challenge in Music City. Alec Peters earned Tournament MVP accolades and was joined by Darien Walker on the All-Tournament Team.
The Crusader women's basketball team ditched its polite defense Sunday en route to accumulating a season-best six steals, but #12 Louisville owned a 54-34 advantage in the paint as the Cardinals picked up an 86-59 win over the Brown and Gold at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders down Murray State at the Challenge in Music City on Saturday night, 93-58 - Valpo's largest margin of victory against a Division I team since 2002. Alec Peters led the way with 26 points and eight rebounds and Darien Walker added 19 points, setting up a game for the tournament title against Portland at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Valparaiso hosts a ranked opponent for the first time in nearly three years Sunday when the 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals fly into town for a matinee. Louisville is coming off a 2013-14 campaign that yielded a 33-win season highlighted by an Elite Eight appearance.
Crusaders lead start to finish in opening play at the Challenge in Music City in Nashville with a 66-46 win over Drake Friday night. Darien Walker scored 11 of his game-high 19 points early in the second half during the key run.
Crusader men get set to face Drake, Murray State and Portland this weekend at the Challenge in Music City following the Thanksgiving holiday. Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of six consecutive games away from the ARC.
Akron exploded for a 59-point second half en route to a 100-65 victory over Valparaiso Tuesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena. Freshman Dani Franklin put up 16 points and eight rebounds, while Annemarie Hamlet reached double figures for the second time in her young Crusader career.
Brian Pecyna and Chad Kissell have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2015-16 season. Pecyna, a Glen Ellyn, Illnois native, is ranked 218th in the nation. Kissell, an exceptional all-around athlete from Pennyslvania, is ranked second in the Middle States and 65th in the country.
The Crusader women will make their first of five trips to the state of Ohio this season when they tip-off versus the Akron Zips on Tuesday evening. The Zips represented the Mid-American Conference in last season's NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Valpo aims to do something it hasn't done in 40 seasons.
Four days after recording her first career double-double at Northern Illinois, freshman Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors, as announced by the league office Monday.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with Todd Ickow on Monday in the season's final installment of the Valpo Football Preview. Cecchini recapped the season finale win over Davidson, assessed the Crusaders' 2014 campaign, and discussed the task ahead for his coaching staff heading into the off-season.
Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, both by the league office and by College Sports Madness, after leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 mark last week and setting a new career high with a 31-point effort against Maine.
Quarterback Ben Lehman became the second Crusader in three weeks to receive a PFL Player of the Week award as the senior was recognized for his 26-for-33 afternoon on Saturday. Lehman fired two touchdowns and recorded a season-high 78.8% completion percentage in Valpo's 27-13 victory over Davidson.
Alec Peters sets a new career high with 31 points, including 22 in the first half as Valpo jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead in a 93-70 victory over Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament. Peters and Vashil Fernandez represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Valparaiso shot over 50% from the field in both halves of its 79-61 victory over Tennessee Tech at the ARC. Jessica Carr dropped in 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range and Abby Dean registered 15 points. The Brown and Gold are off to their first 3-1 start since the 2008-09 season.
Dave Cecchini's first season as head football coach ended in celebration Saturday as Valparaiso knocked off Davidson 27-13 at Brown Field. The Crusaders (4-8, 2-6 PFL) put up points in every quarter and amassed 427 yards of total offense in their season finale victory. Tanner Kuramata hauled in ten passes for 122 yards as he concluded his Valparaiso career fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,315).
Valparaiso takes to the court for the third time in five days as its welcomes Tennessee Tech to the ARC for a Saturday night tilt. The Crusaders and Golden Eagles met last November for the first time in history, with TTU prevailing 84-78. Valpo is currently in a stretch where it plays one home game a week for five weeks.
Crusaders take down UIC in straight sets to open the Horizon League Championship behind ten kills from Allison Ketcham, double-doubles from Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell. Valpo advances to face Milwaukee in the semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.
Crusaders use 11-0 run to start second half to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 59-46 win Friday at the Central Michigan Tournament. Alec Peters led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Keith Carter set a new career high with seven assists.
Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) supplied the scoring, Jasmyn Walker (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) provided the rebounding, and Dani Franklin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/George Washington) did both as Valparaiso collected its first road win of the season with a 65-50 defeat of Northern Illinois Thursday night at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.
A season chock full of progress comes to a close Saturday afternoon as Valpo welcomes Davidson to Brown Field in a 1:00 pm kickoff. Senior QB Ben Lehman needs just 20 passing yards to reach 2,000 for the season, while junior linebacker Alex Green requires three stops for his second consecutive 100-tackle campaign.
Valpo to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday afternoon and Maine Sunday morning at the Central Michigan Tournament this weekend. Sunday's game (9:45 a.m. ET, 8:45 a.m CT) will be the Crusaders' earliest start since hosting a 7 a.m. game two seasons ago as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.
The men's soccer team had one of its most successful seasons on and off the pitch in 2014. From the #oneValpo campaign to the programs' first-ever top-25 ranking, the Crusaders were champions in the community, classroom, and competition.
Valpo faces its first out-of-state opponent Thursday as Northern Illinois plays host to the Crusaders. The Huskies own a 17-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the Brown and Gold won the most recent affair, 54-49, last January in Valparaiso.
Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew joins Todd Ickow to discuss the first two games of the season, the play of Vashil Fernandez and E. Victor Nickerson and how the team approaches the week ahead with games against IU South Bend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Maine.
The installation of the Warren Hoger Track around Brown Field and the University’s purchase of the former Porter Hospital property have resulted in some changes and additions to the parking options for men’s basketball fans this season. Read on for more details.
Freshman Dani Franklin was 3-for-5 beyond the arc as her 11 points paced the Crusaders inside Assembly Hall Tuesday night. But Indiana's Tyra Buss and Larryn Brooks combined for 36 points and ten steals in a 81-49 Hoosier victory.
The Horizon League has reached an agreement with the American Sports Network (ASN) to provide supplemental national television coverage of Horizon League basketball this season. ASN will produce ten Horizon League men's basketball games, including a pair of the Crusaders' league games.
Valparaiso takes to the road for the first time Tuesday night when it squares off against Indiana. The Hoosiers waxed Gardner-Webb, 115-54, in their season opener Saturday. Tuesday represents the Crusaders’ first trip to Bloomington since Nov. 15th, 2006.
Sophomore Emily Campbell becomes Valpo's first Player of the Year since 2008, earning Horizon League co-Player of the Year honors. Kelsey Berrington and Kelsey Victor joined Campbell on the All-League team, while Taylor Graboski and Allison Ketcham were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow reviewed Saturday's gut-wrenching loss to San Diego, noted the team's increased confidence level, and look ahead to season finale this Saturday at home versus Davidson.
The Crusaders fell on the road to San Diego on Saturday afternoon on a last-second Hail Mary, 32-27. Ben Lehman went 20-of-30 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while Tanner Kuramata returned to action today with eight catches for 77 yards.
Valparaiso posts its best hitting percentage in over seven years in a three-set sweep of UIC to close out regular season action Saturday. Sophomore Emily Campbell moved into Valpo's single-season top-ten in kills early in the match.
Crusaders match their highest offensive output in a season opener since 1992 in a 91-57 victory over Butler on Friday evening. Five players finished in double figures including junior Abby Dean, who dropped in 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team kept #12/11 Notre Dame off the scoreboard for nearly the entirety of regulation in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Irish broke through for a goal with 50 seconds to play to down the Crusaders, 1-0. The loss brings to a close the best season in program history (14-2-4) for Valpo.
The Crusaders cross country teams concluded their seasons today in Madison, Wis. at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Adam Bruno and David Rutkowski both set the third-best in Valpo history as they crossed the tape in 32:53.
Head coach Tracey Dorow is in search of her 250th career win as the Crusaders begin the 2014-15 regular season versus longtime rival Butler. In addition to a new coaching staff, the Bulldogs welcome six new players from a squad that went 10-8 in Big East play a season ago.
After claiming its first Horizon League championship last weekend, Valparaiso heads to its second NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2005, making the hour trip east to take on #12/11 Notre Dame, a number-four national seed, Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the NCAA Tournament winners of 12 straight matches, the nation’s second longest streak.
Valparaiso head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the signing of four student-athletes to the recruiting class of 2015: C Scott Kapers (Schererville, In./Mt. Carmel), RHP Grant Inman (Ft. Wayne, In./Ft. Wayne Carroll), RHP Montana Quigley (Lake Forest, Ca./El Toro), and SS Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Ca./Chatsworth).
The Valparaiso men's basketball team officially lifts the lid on the 2014-15 regular season Friday night at the ARC at 7:30 p.m. against East Tennessee State. The family of former Crusader head coach Gene Bartow will be on hand for a special pre-game ceremony, including ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, Gene's son.
Valparaiso invades Southern California on Saturday for its penultimate game of the 2014 campaign. The Crusaders will carry the momentum of last week's 17-3 win over Butler into San Diego as the Toreros (8-1, 6-1 PFL) aim to clinch at least a share of the Pioneer Football League title.
The Valparaiso men's and women's tennis teams released its respective schedules Tuesday. The men host IPFW on Friday, January 30th at the Courts of NWI in their first home match of the spring while the women's home opener is slated for Friday, February 13th versus Nebraska-Omaha.
Head coach Bryce Drew sits down with Todd Ickow to look ahead as the Crusaders open up the 2014-15 season this weekend with a pair of games - a Friday night home game against East Tennessee State and a Sunday afternoon game at SEC foe Missouri.
Champions of the Horizon League, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 in close proximity to campus, as the Crusaders have been sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game will be played Friday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. CT.
Three Valpo men's soccer players were honored with Horizon League postseason awards on Monday. Zev Taublieb and Omar Lawrence were named Second-Team All-League, while Ramone Howell garnered All-Freshman Team honors.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow for this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two recapped Valpo's 17-3 statement win over Butler as well as what lies ahead for the Crusaders heading into their final road game of 2014.