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Baseball Signs Five to NLIs
Tracy Woodson signed five players during the early signing period.
Tracy Woodson signed five players during the early signing period.

Monday, December 03, 2007

                Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has signed five players to National Letters of Intent committing them to the Crusader program beginning in the fall of 2008.  Joining Valpo are Billy Cribbs, Tyler Deetjen, Kyle Gaedele, Steve Scoby, and Ryan Shober.

                 Cribbs is a catcher from Rochester High School in Rochester, Mich.  He was an All-League, All-Area, and All-County selection was recognized by the Oakland Press as the top junior in the area.

                 “Billy was the top defensive catcher that we saw throughout the entire summer while recruiting all over the country,” Woodson said.  To get a player of his ability will make a major impact in our program.”

                 Deetjen is a left-handed pitcher from Saint Charles, Ill.  As a sophomore he played varsity and went 3-3 before missing his junior season with an injury.  He has played his summer baseball with the Downers Grove Longshots.

                 “We are hoping that Tyler will be an impact starter for us immediately,” Woodson said.  “He has the ability to throw three pitches for strikes on a consistent basis and is a big kid that has the potential to increase velocity on his fastball.”

                 Gaedele is an outfielder from Arlington Heights, Ill.  A two-year starter at Rolling Meadows High School, he has participated in the Area-Code tryouts, Black and Silver series, and the Pitch and Hit Club Showcase.  

                “Kyle is a strong and athletic 6’3” player that possesses power and speed,” commented Woodson.  “His potential is unlimited and we have high hopes for a tremendous career at Valpo.”

                 Scoby is an outfielder from Plainwell, Mich. where he is a two-time All-District selection for Delton Kellogg High School.  He is also a three-time All-County pick and has twice earned First Team All-Conference honors.

                 “We feel Steve fits in perfect for what we are trying to do here at Valpo,” said Woodson.  “His ability to get on base and his defensive speed in the outfield will contribute greatly to our overall success.  His overall strength and athleticism is deceptive and exciting to watch on the field.”

                 Shober is from Inverness, Ill. where he has been a three-year starter at Fremd High School.  Considered one of the top defensive shortstops in Illinois, he also has played for the Palatine Legion Team throughout his high school career.

                 “Ryan was a tremendous get for our program as we battled Big Ten schools for his services,” Woodson said.  “He is a slick fielder whose contributions at the plate will continue to improve at Valpo as he continues to mature physically.  Ryan is a coach’s dream as his passion and excitement for the game is contagious.”

                 “We are extremely excited about this recruiting class,” concluded Woodson.  “We filled each and every need that we had for this class and the athleticism gives us high hopes for the future.”

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. #21/21 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