The Valparaiso girls’ tennis team won the Culver Invite Friday with first round win over Ft Wayne Bishop Luers 4-1 and a finals win over Culver Academies 3-2. Alexis Orlich was 1-1, AK Flude 2-0, Julie Wappel 2-0, Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans 1-1, Grace Healy and Aleah Ferngren 1-0 and Grace Healy and Ainsley Grabarek were 0-1. On Monday, the tennis team lost to Munster 5-0. The JV did win six of eleven matches. The girls’ played in the Portage IHSAA Sectional this week defeating the host Indians 5-0 on Tuesday and defeating Wheeler 5-0 on Wednesday to play in the championship game last night against Chesterton. They defeated the Trojans 4-1 to win the Sectional. Congratulations! They will play Penn in the LaPorte Regional on Tuesday, May 22.
Carrying a six game losing streak into this afternoon, and with playoff hopes still up in the air, the Calumet College of St. Joseph softball team had just one goal: win for the seniors. The Crimson Wave said goodbye to their seven seniors on a chilly Northwest Indiana afternoon, playing their last two games of the regular season against Indiana Tech.
Valparaiso University sophomore Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) was recognized for his excellence both on the courts and in the classroom on Wednesday as he was named to the Summit Academic All-League Team.
The girls’ tennis team defeated 19th ranked Penn on Friday 3-2. #1 singles Alexis Orlich, #2 singles AK Flude, and #3 singles Julie Wappel were are victorious. The JV won 4-3. They lost to conference rival Chesterton on Monday 3-2. #3 singles Julie Wappel and #1 doubles Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans were victorious. The JV lost 6-5. They defeated Lake Central 4-1 on Tuesday. #1 Alexis Orlich, #2 AK Flude, #3 singles Julie Wappel, and #1 doubles Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans were all victorious. They defeated Merrillville 5-0 on Thursday. Alexis Orlich, AK Flude, Julie Wappel, Keeley Evans, Ema Gilliana, Ainsley Grabarek, and Grace Healy were all victorious. The JV won 10-3. The Varsity is now 10-3 and the JV is 12-3.
While the 2018 season didn't end the way the Calumet College of St. Joseph softball team wanted it to, it's not all bad news. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced their regular season award winners on Thursday evening, with outgoing seniors Joanna Drew (SR/Warrenville, Ill.) and Geena Locicero (SR/Chicago Heights, Ill.) both making second team all-conference.
Next Up in Crusader Softball: The Valparaiso University softball team heads to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the first time this week, as the Crusaders travel to Des Moines for the postseason event. The fourth seed, Valpo needs three victories to capture the single-elimination tournament and claim the conference championship in its first season of MVC play.
The boys’ golf teams hosted golf tournaments at the Valparaiso Country Club this past Saturday. The Varsity was victorious defeating Penn, Granger Christian, Elkhart Memorial and Michigan City. Andrew Karr was medalist with a 77. Mark Civanich finished second and Michael Smith third. The JV team placed second in their invitational. On Tuesday, they hosted Morgan Township and South Central at Forest Park. The Vikings were victorious on both the Varsity and JV levels. Hayden Dickerson, Trent Risetter, and Ben Kroeger led the way in the Varsity match finishing first, second, and third respectively. On Tuesday they defeated conference foes Lake Central and Michigan City at Forest Park. Michael Smith took medalist honors with a 39 and Mark Civanich and Zach Holmes tied for second with a 40. The team travelled to...
The senior has done it again. Just weeks after participating in the 2018 NAIA Track and Field National Championships, Olivia Askew (SR/Munster, Ind.) punched her ticket to the same meet, but will head to the sunny shores of Louisiana instead of the windy plains of Kansas. Askew aside, the Calumet College of St. Joseph track and field teams both performed well at the Crusader Open, breaking school records a mere 30-minute drive from the Whiting campus.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will travel for the first time as part of the Mountain West-MVC Challenge during the 2018-19 season, as the Crusaders will make the trek to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Last the Valparaiso Vikings hosted their Inaugural Unified Track and Field meet. The meet consisted of 8 different teams from the area. A few key performances for the Vikings were: the 4x100 meter relay team of Jeremiah Leftridge, Jamie Leftridge, Marco Traino, and Eddie Curry turning in a blistering 48.04. In the 400 m dash Colin Walls with a 1:01, Jorge Apollo with a 1:11, and Connor Imhoff with a 1:16. In the long jump Luke Balash jumped 17’5” and Lexi Riale 10’10”. In the 100 m dash Nick Taskoff ran a 19.11, Hayley Taylor a 22.93, and Devinn Johnson a 23.61. Job well done for all of our Unified athletes.
Crimson Wave men's and women's soccer head coach Mis' Mrak has announced plans for two campus visit days for those interested in playing collegiate soccer at Calumet College of St. Joseph starting during the 2019-2020 school year. There will be two sessions based on gender, with the program focusing on those who will be starting their secondary education during either the fall of 2018 or 2019. The day will feature tours, informative sessions, and one on one time with the individual coaching staffs for both programs.