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Valpo Football Heads to Western Illinois Thursday
The Crusader seniors begin their final season of collegiate football Thursday at Western Illinois. (Aran Kessler)
The Crusader seniors begin their final season of collegiate football Thursday at Western Illinois. (Aran Kessler)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 PFL)
Game #1: Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m. CDT
at Western Illinois (0-0, 0-0 MVFC)
Hanson Field (16,368 - Grass) - Macomb, Ill.

This Week in Crusader Football: A new era in Valparaiso University football opens on Thursday evening as the Crusaders battle Western Illinois, a NCAA I-FCS scholarship program.  First year head coach Dale Carlson takes the reigns for the first time at Valpo, and leads the Brown and Gold into its 90th season of intercollegiate football.

On the Air: For the sixth straight season the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2009.  The Valpo Sports Radio Network consists of WAKE (1500-AM, Valparaiso) and WE-FM (95.9-FM, Michigan City).  Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with Dick Harlan adding the color commentary this week.  The game can also be heard live online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats will also be available for the game through www.valpoathletics.com.

Head Coach Dale Carlson: Dale Carlson is 0-0 in his first season with the Crusaders and 110-103-3 overall entering his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach.  He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he was 7-3 last season and 36-27 over six years.  He began the Ohio Dominican program from scratch in 2004, just as he did at Tri-State University prior to his tenure with the Panthers.  He is now the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes:
The Crusaders and Leathernecks are meeting on the gridiron for the first time ever on Thursday evening.  Valparaiso and Western Illinois have met numerous times in other sports though, as both schools were members of the Mid-Continent Conference in every sport except for football prior to the Crusaders’ departure for the Horizon League in 2007. 

Putting 2009 in the Past: Valpo looks to put the 2009 campaign in the past as the Crusaders finished the year 1-10 overall and 0-8 in the Pioneer Football League.  The bright spot, however, is that the last time the Brown and Gold finished a year 1-10 and winless in the PFL (2002), the Crusaders went on to win the PFL title the following season (2003).  This year 39 letterwinners return to the squad, including six starters on each side of the football.

Scouting Western Illinois: The Leathernecks finished 1-10 overall and 0-8 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.  Mark Hendrickson, who has been a member of the Western Illinois coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, begins his first as the Leathernecks head coach.  Western Illinois returns six starters on offense and five on defense for this season as part of 38 total returning letterwinners.  Linebacker Kyle Glazier, wide receiver Lito Senatus, and return specialist Todd Speight all earned preseason All-America honors heading into the 2010 season.  The Leathernecks are picked to finish eighth in the MVFC this season.

Valpo in Season Openers: The Crusaders are 46-40-3 (.534) all-time in season openers, and had their three-year season-opening win streak snapped in 2009 after suffering a 31-6 loss at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).  Valpo is 23-16-2 (.585) all-time when opening the season on the road, and is starting away from Brown Field for the second consecutive season.

All-League Selections Return:
Offensive lineman Nate Blair and defensive lineman Nikko Carson both return for their junior seasons after earning Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League accolades in 2009.  Blair started all 11 games at left tackle, helping to anchor the front five for the Crusaders.  Carson also started all 11 games at defensive tackle, making 43 total tackles, including a team-leading 11 for loss.  He also forced a fumble and recovered another.

Historic Night Set for Communiversity Day: The Crusaders’ home opener against Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) on September 18 will mark the first night football game ever played on the Valparaiso University campus.  The game is also part of Communiversity Day at Valpo, which also includes a home volleyball match against Butler (at 4 p.m.), a tailgate complete with a barbeque dinner, and a fun-filled carnival atmosphere.  A fireworks display will cap the night’s activities.

Valpo to Face First NCAA I-FCS Scholarship Program Since 2005:
Valparaiso has not played a NCAA Division I-FCS scholarship program since September 10, 2005 when the Brown and Gold traveled to Brookings, S.D. and suffered a 69-6 loss at South Dakota State.  Since 1997, the Crusaders have also faced Yale (twice), South Florida (in its final season before moving to Division I-BCS), Tennessee Tech, and North Dakota State.

Thursday Night Lights: Playing on Thursday night for a season opener is nothing new for the Crusaders.  The Brown and Gold last played on a Thursday just two years ago, on September 4, 2008, a 21-0 loss at Saint Francis (Ill.) in a game played in a driving rain storm. 

Team Captains: Valpo will have co-captains for the 2010 season.  Senior defensive back Eli Crawford will represent the defense while redshirt-sophomore Eddie Morelli will represent the offense heading into the season opener.

Crusaders Picked 10th in Preseason Poll:
The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish 10th in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll.  The prognosticators selected Dayton to take home the 2010 championship.

This and That: Bobby Wysocki enters the year leading Valpo with 783 career passing yards and 237 career rushing yards ... Ryan Myers is the team’s top returning receiver with 516 career yards ... Roger Satur is the top returning tackler with 78 career stops ... Nikko Carson enters 2010 with a team-leading 14 career tackles for loss.

 

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 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
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 UIC
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
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