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VALPARAISO — Valparaiso University football fans — what few are left — would like to forget about the last three years. If not for Campbell’s three contributions the Crusaders would be 0-and-33 since 2011. One of those victories snapped a 29-game losing streak, but none were enough to save Dale Carlson’s job. Coach Dave Cecchini, imported from Lehigh, which won its ninth Patriot League title during his time as offensive coordinator, is undaunted by the challenge. Turning the Pioneer Football League cellar dwellers into a middle-of-the-road program won’t be easy, but he’s hoping to scrape the rust off the “Victory … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:10:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Softball: Valparaiso earns DH split over Oakland ]]>

VALPARAISO — A heavy dose of right-handed pitcher Erin Kownacki helped Oakland salvage a split in Saturday’s double header against Valparaiso. The Crusaders prevailed 2-1 in the opener before the Grizzlies pulled out a 4-2 victory in eight innings to avoid the series sweep. Kownacki tossed complete games in both ends of the double header. She allowed only three hits in each game and totaled eight strikeouts on Valparaiso’s senior day. “Kownacki really got us tied up all day and we were never able to get to her in either game,” Valparaiso coach Jordan Stevens said. “That’s a credit to … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:09:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Softball: LC grad Kaitlyn Ranieri excels in leadoff role for Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — It did not take long for Valparaiso softball coach Jordan Stevens to gauge sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri’s potential ability. The first time that Stevens saw Ranieri come to the plate while scouting a Lake Central game, she drew a base on balls. While it was not the flashiest of first impressions, the plate appearance was enough to capture Stevens’ attention. “She was facing a really good pitcher, and it was just the way she approached it,” Stevens said. “She wasn’t fooled by anything. She took good swings, ended up walking and I was like, ‘I’ve got to watch … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:16:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Softball: Valparaiso is ‘O’ so good in win over Oakland ]]>

VALPARAISO — Entering the bottom of the sixth inning Friday, Oakland hitters thought they had one more chance against Valparaiso pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer with the Grizzlies trailing 4-3. That potential seventh-inning at-bat never came to fruition. The Crusaders exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to walk off with an 11-3 victory under the eight-run rule. Long before the game came to its abrupt end, Valparaiso freshman Sam Stewart delivered the pivotal blow, a two-run homer in the fourth that tied the game at three. The feeling of trotting around the bases for her third career home … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:08:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Baseball: Valparaiso’s Dalton Lundeen has ‘the competitive spirit’ to succeed ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Dalton Lundeen always has been a competitive force on the baseball diamond. However, the adversity that the Valparaiso left-handed pitcher faced this offseason has lifted his motivation level to an all-time high. Lundeen’s father, David Lundeen, died of kidney failure in November. “It was tough,” Lundeen said. “It hit me like a wall. It just came out of nowhere.” Valparaiso coach Brian Schmack and the entire Crusader team attended the funeral. Lundeen’s teammates served as a support system through the trying times. “I know Dalton was itching to get back,” Schmack said. “This is his life. This is … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:12:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ OSIPOFF: A.J. Hammons still a Boiler; Matt Painter ready to ‘move on’ ]]> Lead story image

A little more than a month has elapsed since Purdue’s basketball season ended, with the Boilermakers losing seven straight games to finish with a 15-17 record, in last place in the Big Ten. On Wednesday, coach Matt Painter addressed reporters extensively for the first time since Purdue lost to Ohio State in the first round of the conference tournament, reflecting on what went wrong for the Boilermakers and looking ahead to the 2014-15 season. “You always second-guess when things don’t work,” Painter said. “We try our best to set the table, and make guys understand what’s it going to take … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:10:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Bryce Drew downplays Tulsa speculation ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Was Valparaiso athletics director Mark LaBarbera concerned as Bryce Drew was connected to Tulsa’s coaching position? Absolutely. But LaBarbera also would have been concerned if Drew wasn’t included in such searches. “It’s a good problem to have, because it means we’re doing well,” LaBarbera said. “We want our basketball program to be doing well, the university wants our basketball program to be doing well. As we continue to do well, I anticipate this is going to be something that comes up all the time. I feel like I have more of an issue if people lose interest in … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:12:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Branden Dawson to return for senior season at Michigan State ]]> Lead story image

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace grad, is staying for his senior season. The school announced Dawson’s decision Tuesday. Dawson made the choice after he and his mother met with coach Tom Izzo, who gathered information about the 6-foot-6 forward’s NBA stock. “The three of us decided that as far as my basketball career, both present and future, and the chance to finish my degree, including possibly needing to take just one class during my final semester, that my initial decision was the correct one,” Dawson said in a statement released by the school. “I’m vowing to improve … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:12:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson to enter NBA draft ]]> Lead story image

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lake Central graduate Glenn Robinson III has decided to enter the NBA draft. Robinson, a sophomore, was joined by fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas in deciding to leave college for the NBA. Robinson, whose father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, played in the NBA after a collegiate career at Purdue University and legendary career at Gary Roosevelt High School, needed a little longer to decide whether to stay or go. “I really didn’t make my decision until last night,” he said Tuesday. “My dad has been through this whole process, so that was definitely a big help,” he … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:11:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Glenn Robinson III following in dad’s footsteps, Branden Dawson returning for senior season ]]>

Shantelle Clay knew she couldn’t contain the tidal wave of temptation that would certainly present itself this year for her son, Glenn Robinson III, when it came to the NBA. Professional basketball was in the genes for Robinson. His father, Glenn Jr., was picked first by the Bucks in 1991. She had hoped that maybe Glenn III might find a reason to return to Michigan for one more season after the Wolverines made the Elite Eight this year in the NCAA Tournament. Robinson III made the call Tuesday after 24 hours of speculation. He is declaring for the draft. Clay … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:12:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ POPE: Notre Dame men’s basketball primed to bounce back ]]> Lead story image

Mike Brey isn’t moving to the West Coast. Never even gave it a serious thought. But I believe Notre Dame will be moving up the ACC standings in 2014-15. Brey swatted away rumors tying him to California after the Irish held their team award ceremony Monday. The Golden Bears announced the hiring of Cuonzo Martin on Tuesday. But before that, California reportedly had interest in discussing the position with Brey. But why would Brey have any interest in Cal (I write while there is snow on the ground on April 15)? He didn’t. “It’s so ridiculous. It’s ridiculous,” Brey said, … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:09:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robinson III to opt for NBA draft: reports ]]> Lead story image

Several news reports have suggested that Glenn Robinson III will leave Michigan and declare for the NBA draft. Monday, Jake Fischer, a freelancer for the Boston Globe and a writer for Slam Magazine, reported that Robinson had signed with an agent. The Detroit Free Press reported that Robinson had not signed with an agent but would do so at the end of the week. Gary Parish of CBS Sports tweeted that Robinson hadn’t “told Michigan of his intentions. Supposed to meet at the end of the week.” Calls and texts to Shantelle Clay, Robinson’s mother, were not returned. Robinson averaged 13.1 … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:20:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ On Campus: Del Grosso gettin’ his kicks at Indiana ]]> Lead story image

Over the years Hobart has produced more than its share of college kickers. Think back to Bill Manolopoulos, who earned all-Big Ten honors at Indiana in 1993 and earned four letters as one of the best placekickers of his era. More recent, Mike Josifovski enjoyed a cup of coffee with the Colts after booting seven field goals in the last two games of Marian’s NAIA championship run in 2012, including a game-winning 51 yarder in the semifinals and another in overtime. Redshirt freshman Aaron Del Grosso took a step toward adding his name to the list of Brickies. The preferred … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:08:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Everett Golson, Malik Zaire end spring camp on a high note for Irish ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame finished spring camp the same way it started it — without a definitive starter at quarterback. In their final opportunity to showcase their progress, Everett Golson and Malik Zaire put up big numbers Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Zaire completed 18 of 25 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns while Golson threw for 154 yards and rushed for one touchdown, leading the offense to a 63-58 victory against the defense in the Blue-Gold game. The Irish did not have enough healthy offensive linemen to split the roster into two teams, so the contest featured … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:09:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Turf, QB situation makes future bright for ND offense ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Four years after it commenced, the Brian Kelly era finally began for real Saturday on a patchy turf of grass that looked like it could use a good lawn service. It started with an NBC blast from Notre Dame athletic director Charles Swarbrick, who leaked the news to sideline reporter Alex Flanigan that field turf would be installed in the summer. Almost simultaneously, an e-mail from the Notre Dame public relations machine appeared, followed by quotes from Swarbrick lamenting the fact they couldn’t stay with regular grass because of long-term maintenance issues. Only Notre Dame can pull … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:09:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame Stadium to switch to artificial turf ]]>

SOUTH BEND — Athletic director Jack Swarbrick tried to come up with a solution to keep grass installed at Notre Dame Stadium. He said there wasn’t one. Swarbrick announced Saturday that the university will switch to FieldTurf at the iconic stadium. “Everybody is in agreement, if we could get the best surface there in grass, we’d love to have that,” coach Brian Kelly said. “We just haven’t been able to get to that. This is the best option available to us.” The decision was reached in February. Instillation begins following commencement weekend (May 16-18). The anticipated completion date is Aug. … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:09:43 -0500