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Valpo Closes Inaugural Crusader Classic in Third Place
Natalie Cortese averaged a 200.6 over Saturday's five matches. (Aran Kessler)
Natalie Cortese averaged a 200.6 over Saturday's five matches. (Aran Kessler)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Valparaiso bowling team concluded the second of two days of competition at the inaugural Crusader Classic at Inman’s Recreation Center on Saturday in third place.  Valpo’s Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) ranked among the event’s top bowlers, as her 200.6 average on Saturday was third-best among all competing bowlers.

Valpo concluded the two-day event with 8,103 total pins for its third-place finish.  Minnesota State-Mankato led the aggregate standings with 8,275 pins, just outpacing UW-Whitewater, which finished the two days with 8,261 pins.  Elmhurst (7,922 pins) and Adrian (7,500 pins) rounded out the standings.

“My thanks to Inmans for hosting our first event this weekend; it has the making of being a strong event as we move forward,” said Crusader head coach Stephen Anthony.  “Today was very similar to yesterday as we came out strong in our first match. We seemed to be chasing the game a bit at the end of the day, but were consistent enough to maintain our event position over the two days.  I was pleased with the effort over the two days and certainly felt the event went well with a strong field.”

The Crusaders got out to a great start Saturday, dominating Adrian 1,030-834 in the opening match of the day, thanks in large part to games of 245 from Ashley Busiel (Elk Grove Village, Ill./James B. Conant [Harper College]) and 226 from Cortese.  Valpo won its second match of the day as well, downing Elmhurst 943-915 with top games of 224 by Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) and 210 by Busiel.

Valpo rolled an 880 in its third match of the day, contested without an opponent due to the odd number of teams in the field, led by a 201 from Natalie Cortese, who followed with a 207 in the Crusaders’ next match, a 939-891 loss to Minnesota State-Mankato.  Valpo concluded Saturday’s action with an 893-821 loss against UW-Whitewater.

UW-Whitewater’s Sarah Stettner took top individual honors, averaging a 212.5 on Saturday.  In addition to Natalie Cortese’s third-best average, Busiel posted a 193.2 average, sixth-best among all competing bowlers, and was followed immediately by Amanda Cortese with a 192 average.

Valparaiso (18-18) returns to the lanes next weekend at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del., hosted by Maryland-Eastern Shore.  The first of three days of action will be Friday, November 20.

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