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Valpo Hosts Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday In Home Opener

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

VALPARAISO (0-1) vs. WISCONSIN LUTHERAN (0-0)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 4 - 1 p.m. CST
WHERE: Brown Field, Valparaiso, Indiana

TV: (tape-delay) - Channel 43 in Valparaiso. Airs on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. - Dick Harlan and Bill Koch announcing.

RADIO: 95.1 (WVUR-FM) - Andrew Stem and Jesse Shale announcing.Webcast at www.valpo.edu.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Tom Horne, who is 62-96-1 in his 16th season at Valpo. Wisconsin Lutheran is led by Dennis Miller, who is 15-24 in his 6th season at Wisconsin Lutheran.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2003 - Valpo won 33-13

LAST WEEK: Valpo lost to North Dakota State 52-0 last Saturday in Fargo, N.D. Wisconsin Lutheran is playing its season opener Saturday against Valpo.

The Crusaders begin a six-game home slate on Saturday by hosting Wisconsin Lutheran at 1 p.m. Valpo (0-1) is looking to rebound from its season-opening loss at North Dakota State last Saturday.

CRUSADERS vs. WARRIORS
The game is the second in the series between the schools as the Crusaders earned their first of eight victories last season, defeating the Warriors 33-13. Valpo outscored Wisconsin Lutheran 17-0 in the fourth quarter after leading by three at the end of the third quarter. Nick Reid, now a senior, rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Rob Giancola caught a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and Reid followed with a 25-yard scoring scamper to break the contest open. Kevin Knutson made seven receptions for 98 yards for the Crusaders.

VALPO RANKED HIGH IN PRESEASON POLLS: Valpo is ranked among the elite programs in the NCAA I-AA Mid-Major preseason polls. The Crusaders, coming off a PFL Championship season, are tabbed 3rd in the Football Gazette poll and 6th in The Sports Network poll.

GIANCOLA NEARS TWO MORE ALL-TIME RECORDS: Already the holder of nine Valpo records, wide receiver Rob Giancola is nearing two longstanding all-time school marks. With 3,112 receiving yards, the senior from Whiting, Ind./HS needs 101 more to become Valpo's all-time leader, surpassing Mike Healey's (1982-85) 19-year-old mark of 3,212. Giancola, who caught a national-high 23 touchdown passes a year ago and holds Valpo's all-time record with 36, is closing in on Valpo's all-time scoring mark. With 218 career points, Giancola needs 17 to eclipse the 53-year-old record of 234 held by Joe Pahr (1949-51).

HLADY, DANIELS, STURMAN, RIKER RECEIVE ALL-STAR HONORS: Despite the loss to North Dakota State, four Crusaders were accorded All-Star honors by Josh Buchanan's NCAA I-AA web site. Steven Hlady, Valpo's starting center from Montague, Mich./HS, had a solid game against the Bison. Chris Daniels, a senior cornerback from Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame, broke up one pass and made three tackles. Brandon Sturman, a junior middle linebacker from Brookeville, Md./Sherwood, made one interception (16 yards), one sack (8 yards) and two tackles for loss. James Riker, a sophomore defensive end from Tekonsha, Mich.HS, produced one sack (7 yards). Buchanan's web site chronicles all NCAA I-AA teams and recognizes a full all-star squad each week.

INSIDE VU FOOTBALL, head coach Tom Horne's TV show, airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 43 in Valparaiso. This week's player guest is senior wide receiver Patrick Cash.

NEXT GAME: Valpo will host Austin Peay next Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning at noon.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo