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June 04, 2004
Valparaiso University, the defending Pioneer Football League Champions, will play five home games during its 11-game 2004 Schedule.
June 03, 2004
Valparaiso University head football coach Tom Horne announced the addition of 37 recruits for the 2004 season.
May 06, 2004
Quarterback David Macchi, who shattered 10 school records and helped Valparaiso University to its first-ever outright Pioneer Football League Championship in 2003, has been invited to the camp of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
April 29, 2004
Valparaiso University wide receiver Kevin Knutson, cornerback Chris Daniels and punter Ryan Bateman were named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team. The team was selected by a vote of the league's sports information directors.
December 23, 2003
Valparaiso University junior Kevin Knutson was selected to the Sixth Annual Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
December 15, 2003
Valparaiso University wide receiver Rob Giancola was selected to the 2003 I-AA All-America Second Team by The Sports Network. The I-AA All-America Team is comprised of all NCAA I-AA schools, both scholarship and non-scholarship.
November 20, 2003
After clinching a co-division title nearly a month ago, Valpo will host Morehead State on Saturday at 12:07 p.m. CST in the 3rd annual Pioneer Football League Championship Game.
November 17, 2003
Valpo's David Macchi was selected as the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week following the Crusaders' 44-26 win over Aurora. The honor marks the third time this season that Macchi has earned PFL Offensive Player of the Week.
November 14, 2003
Valparaiso University punter Ryan Bateman was selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District V University Division Football Team by the district's sports information directors.

November 13, 2003
Although Valpo (6-4) will host the Pioneer Football League Championship Game Nov. 22 at noon, the Crusaders conclude their regular season on Saturday by travelling to play Aurora (5-4).
November 10, 2003
Valparaiso University's Andrew McCawley was selected as the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Butler on Saturday.
November 08, 2003
Butler scored 18 points in the second half, including Billy Nardini's 3-yard go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs upset Valpo 25-21. The Crusaders (6-4, 3-1 PFL North) share the Pioneer Football League North Division title with San Diego, which defeated Dayton 41-30.
November 06, 2003
After earning the right to host the Pioneer Football League Championship Game Nov. 22, Valpo (6-3, 3-0 PFL North) travels to play Butler (0-9, 0-3 PFL North) on Saturday with the opportunity to clinch its first-ever outright PFL North title.

October 27, 2003
Valpo's David Macchi was selected as the Pioneer Football League Co-Offensive Player of the Week following the Crusaders' 51-45 overtime victory over Drake on Saturday.
October 21, 2003
With two straight PFL North victories, Valpo (5-3, 2-0 PFL North) will host Drake on Parents' Day this Saturday with the chance to clinch a share of the division title.
October 20, 2003
Valpo's Rob Giancola was selected as the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week following the Crusaders' 41-34 victory over San Diego on Saturday.
October 14, 2003
On the heels of its upset of then-#1-ranked Dayton, Valpo (4-3, 1-0 PFL) hosts San Diego (5-1, 1-0 PFL) in the battle of Pioneer Football League unbeatens.

October 13, 2003
Valpo's David Macchi, Rob Giancola and Michael Mroz were selected Pioneer Football League Players of the Week following the Crusaders' 33-28 upset of then-#1-ranked Dayton on Saturday.
October 11, 2003
David Macchi passed for 404 yards and four touchdowns, and Rob Giancola amassed a PFL and school-record 275 receiving yards, including two long touchdowns, as Valpo (4-3, 1-0 PFL) upset #1-ranked Dayton 33-28 in the Pioneer Football League opener.
October 07, 2003
Valpo (3-3, 0-0 PFL) will travel to play defending champion Dayton (6-0, 0-0 PFL) on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. EDT in the PFL North opener.
October 04, 2003
David Macchi compiled 429 yards in total offense and passed for three touchdowns, but Valpo fell to Morehead State, 32-26, in the Crusaders' Homecoming Game.

October 02, 2003
Following record-setting performances last week, Valpo (3-2) will host Morehead State (2-2) in the annual Homecoming Game this Saturday.

September 27, 2003
David Macchi passed for a school-record 452 yards and four touchdowns, and Rob Giancola had a school-record 233 receiving yards and three touchdowns, but Valpo (3-2) fell to Jacksonville 34-27.
September 23, 2003
Off to its best start since the 2000 season, Valpo (3-1) travels to play Jacksonville (2-1) on Saturday beginning at noon EDT. The Crusaders, who own a three-game win streak, are coming off a 38-6 victory over Saint Francis (PA) in Valparaiso.
September 20, 2003
David Macchi passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and Nick Reid rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns as Valpo (3-1) defeated Saint Francis (PA) 38-6. The Crusaders are off to their best start since the 2000 season when they also began 3-1.
September 17, 2003
Currently owning a two-game win streak, Valpo (2-1) plays its second home game of the season Saturday, hosting Saint Francis (PA) (0-2). The Crusaders are off to their best start since the 2000 season when they also began 2-1. Valpo is coming off a 38-14 road victory over Austin Peay.
September 13, 2003
Rob Giancola caught three touchdown passes of 67, 57 and 3 yards as Valpo (2-1) defeated Austin Peay 38-14. David Macchi led a balanced Crusader attack with 333 total yards. The senior passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 101 yards. Nick Reid, a 6'1", 252-pound junior, finished with 121 yards on 20 carries. For the second straight game, Valpo displayed a productive, well-balanced offense, compiling 555 total yards. Kevin Knutson led Valpo with 8 receptions for 94 yards.
September 09, 2003
Fresh off its first win of the season, Valpo (1-1) will travel to Clarksville, Tenn. to oppose Austin Peay (0-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Crusaders defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 33-13 last Saturday in the home opener. In its home opener, Austin Peay fell to Campbellsville 17-14.
September 06, 2003
Nick Reid rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown, and David Macchi passed for 263 yards and one touchdown as Valpo (1-1) defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 33-13 in the Crusaders' home opener.
September 03, 2003
After playing its season opener last weekend, Valpo (0-1) will kick off its home season on Saturday against Wisconsin Lutheran (0-0) at 1 p.m. The Crusaders home slate is comprised of five games.
August 30, 2003
Stewart Childress passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns as Murray State, a full-scholarship NCAA I-AA program, defeated Valpo 34-0 in the season opener.
August 28, 2003
Valpo begins its 83rd season of football on Saturday by opposing Murray State in Kentucky. The 6 p.m. CST contest pits the Crusaders against the Racers, a NCAA I-AA scholarship program. Murray State (7-5 in 2003) shared the Ohio Valley Conference Championship last season.
July 01, 2003
Valparaiso University wide receiver Rob Giancola was selected to the 2003 I-AA Mid-Major Preseason All-America Team by The Sports Network.
June 09, 2003
Valparaiso University head football coach Tom Horne announced the addition of 37 recruits for the 2003 season. Among the recruits are eight offensive linemen, six running backs, five linebackers, four quarterbacks, four defensive linemen, four defensive backs, two wide receivers, two tight ends and two kickers.
May 29, 2003
Valparaiso University will host a Kids First Football & Fitness Football Camp July 21-24 at Brown Field. Valpo head coach Tom Horne, who will direct the camp, will be joined as instructors by several members of the Valpo coaching staff. The camp, for ages 6-14, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost of the basic camp starts at $149 per person. Fees may vary upon registration.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay