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Valpo Enters Final Day of Crusader Classic in First Place
Nicole Sanhamel averaged a 204.3 in four matches Saturday. (Ashley Busiel)
Nicole Sanhamel averaged a 204.3 in four matches Saturday. (Ashley Busiel)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A 4-1 record on Saturday, including a victory over #3 Nebraska, has the #11 Valparaiso bowling team alone in first place after the second of three days of competition of the Crusader Classic at the Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville.

Valpo is now 6-3 over the tournament's first two days, one-half game ahead of the Huskers in the tournament standings.  #17 Minnesota State-Mankato is 5-4, while #6 Arkansas State enters Sunday at 4-4.  #14 UW-Whitewater is 4-5 through two days, while Adrian (3-5) and Elmhurst (3-6) round out the tournament field.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to possibly bowl for the title in our home event,” said Crusader head coach Shon Washington.  “However, I know it will not be an easy task defeating last season's national runner-up on consecutive days to reach the finals.  I feel the team is really beginning to come together.  They've shown in recent tournaments an ability to break down a pattern as a team, which can give us an advantage over our opponents.”

The Crusaders kicked off Saturday's action, contested in the traditional team format, against Elmhurst, and while only Jessica Guertin (Milford, Mich./Milford [Fairleigh Dickinson]), who rolled a 221, broke 200 in the opener, Valpo still opened with a 936-890 victory.  Guertin also broke 200 in the second match of the day, rolling a 203, and was joined by Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]), who registered a 209, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Mankato by a 1038-949 count.

Cortese exploded for a 248 in the third match of the day, while Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]) posted a 213 and Nicole Sanhamel (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) recorded a 211 as Valpo posted its highest score of Saturday's action in a 991-899 win over Whitewater.  Then came the win over the third-ranked Huskers, a 953-933 triumph led by a 233 from Sanhamel, a 212 by Cortese and a 206 from Jill Larson (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville).  Cortese broke 200 for the fourth straight match in the day's finale, rolling a 207, while sister Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) posted a 201 game to help the Crusaders to an 895-827 win over Adrian to close Saturday's action.

Natalie Cortese led all bowlers Saturday with a 213.6 average over Valpo's five traditional matches.  Sanhamel rolled in four of Valpo's five contests and didn't fall below a 183, averaging a 204.3 on the day, third-best among all bowlers who competed in at least three matches.

Valparaiso (13-9) looks to earn the title at the Crusader Classic on Sunday in the last of three days of competition.  Action from Stardust Bowl II is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo