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Valpo Bowlers Set to Hit the Lanes for Inaugural Campaign
The Crusaders begin their inaugural season this weekend. (Aran Kessler)
The Crusaders begin their inaugural season this weekend. (Aran Kessler)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ranked 20th in the nation in the NTCA preseason poll, the Valparaiso women’s bowling team, under the leadership of head coach Stephen Anthony, is ready to get its first season of intercollegiate competition underway this weekend at the Greater Ozark Invitational.

The Crusaders’ roster for its inaugural campaign features 11 bowlers, two of whom are entering their senior year at Valpo.  Five of the student-athletes are transfers, while the other four arrived at Valparaiso this fall as true freshmen.  Erin Gleason and Alana Mackenthun are the two upperclassmen on this year’s Valparaiso squad, both of whom bowled for their varsity teams throughout their high school careers.

Among the Crusader transfers are twins Amanda Cortese and Natalie Cortese, both of whom have three seasons of eligibility remaining after transferring to Valpo from national-runners up University of Central Missouri.  Natalie ranked fourth on the Jennies last year with a 189 average as a freshman, while Amanda averaged a 180 on the lanes in her rookie season.

Valpo also welcomes two other transfers from national semifinal teams.  Jessica Guertin joins the Crusaders after spending her freshman season at national semifinalist Fairleigh Dickinson.  Guertin, who won the MHSAA Division I Singles state title in 2006, bowled in five tournaments for the Knights as a freshman, including the NEC Championships.  Krystyna Johnson comes to Valpo from national semifinalist Delaware State, where she carried a 183 average in limited action as a freshman after earning All-State accolades in her senior year of high school.

Ashley Busiel also transferred to Valpo prior to this academic year, but has freshman eligibility, as she joins the Crusaders from Harper College, which does not have a bowling squad.  Busiel captured the Wisconsin Scholarship Bowling Club championship in March of this year.  Prep classmates Nicole Hamilton and Lisa Janasik arrive at Valpo for their freshman year from Plainfield South [Ill.] H.S., where they served as co-captains, leading the squad to a fourth-place finish in its first-ever appearance at the state championships.  Hamilton was a two-time state qualifier individually, while Janasik bowled leadoff for the Cougars last year and earned the team’s Cougar Award.

Morgan Sharp [begins her collegiate career after a very successful prep career, where she captained the Lockport TownshipIll.] H.S. bowling squad to a state title as a senior.  Sharp placed 21st individually at the state tournament as a senior as well, rolling a 203.6 average.  The final Crusader freshman is Gretchen VanHeeren, a four-year varsity bowler for Byron [Ill.] H.S.

This weekend’s tournament is one of ten that the Crusaders will participate in over the next five months as they prepare for their first appearance at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for April 8-10 in North Brunswick, N.J.  Included on Valpo’s schedule this year is its first home event, the Crusader Classic at Inman’s Recreation Center on November 13-14.

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 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