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Crusaders Ink Four Hoosiers to National Letters of Intent
Keith Freeman announced the signing of four players on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Keith Freeman announced the signing of four players on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman has announced that four Indiana players have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Crusaders beginning in the 2010-2011 season.  Joining the Valpo program are Maegan Callaway, Tabitha Gerardot, Liz Horton, and Stefanie Lang.

“As we graduate four players this season that have all played the three, four, and five-spot for us, I think this class is more than capable of providing us stability in the front line,” Freeman said of the signees.  “All four have the ability to shoot the three as well as score inside.”

Callaway, a 6’0” center from Mooresville High School in Mooresville, Ind. set a school record scoring 450 points as a junior while leading the Pioneers to a 23-2 record.  She is a two-time All-Mid State Conference team selection and was named to the ICGSA All-State Team as a junior.  Callaway was also an Indiana Junior All-Star as well as a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State pick a year ago.  She was invited to the IBCA-IHSAA Top-100 Showcase.

“Maegan is part of a very successful high school program,” commented Freeman.  “She has a knack for scoring.  She also has the ability to pass the basketball.”

Gerardot, a 6’0” forward from Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. has led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state championships.  The MVP of the 2008 state finals, she owns the state finals record for rebounds in a game, grabbing 17 each of the last two years.  A First Team IBCA All-State selection as a junior, Gerardot is the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 844, as well as the team’s career field goal percentage leader, shooting 53% from the floor.  The leading scorer for the Indiana Junior All-Stars this summer, she has led Canterbury to a 66-12 record over her first three years.

“Tabitha comes from a great program winning back-to-back state titles,” Freeman said.  “We love her versatility, work ethic, and cerebralness.”

Horton, a 6’1” forward, comes to Valpo from Barr-Reeve High School in Cannelburg, Ind.  Averaging 16.9 points per game as a junior, she was a First Team All-State selection by Hoosier Basketball Magazine while earning Honorable Mention Underclassman All-State accolades by the ICGSA and IBCA as well as the Associated Press.  Horton shot 52.3% from the floor a year ago, including 40% from three-point range, while grabbing nearly six rebounds per contest.    She is also a two-time Washington Times-Herald Player of the Year.

“Liz is a very good shooter and passer,” Freeman stated.  “She has the versatility of playing both inside as well as outside.”

Lang, a 6’4” center is a local product from Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Ind.  She averaged 13.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the Vikings a year ago and was a Second Team All-Area selection by the Northwest Indiana Times.  She was also a member of the Indiana Junior All-Stars this past summer.

“Stefanie has a huge upside,” Freeman said.  “She has great hands, shooting touch, and enthusiasm to play basketball.  We are excited when we can sign one of the best local players in the area.  She will join several previously successful Valpo High School players to come play for the Crusaders including Jeanette Gray and Sarrah Stricklett.”

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