Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ College Football: Freshman Jarrett Morgan something special at Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Although Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini repeatedly has stated that his intent as a first-year coach is not to create a youth movement, freshman Jarrett Morgan has been impossible to keep off the field. Given the dark days the program has faced in recent years, Valparaiso fans are quick to rally behind a dynamic young player. Morgan’s performance has helped provide hope for brighter days ahead. “A few years down the road, we’ll be contending for a championship in the PFL, and probably more than that,” Morgan said. “It’s time to turn this football team around. As freshmen, we … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:07:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame’s focus is on Navy, not College Football Playoff poll ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Jaylon Smith’s phone died Tuesday night. So the Notre Dame linebacker didn’t learn of where the Irish stood in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings until Wednesday morning. Wide receiver Corey Robinson also first found out about the rankings Wednesday after talking to his roommates. While national pundits and fans debate whether the committee “got it right” by placing the Irish at No. 10 in the rankings released Tuesday, the players shrugged off the news. “I know how good my teammates are. I know how good this team is,” Robinson said Wednesday. “I think we have … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:06:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Valparaiso notebook: Women’s soccer team wins first-ever Horizon League regular season title ]]>

It’s been a season filled with exciting moments for Valparaiso, but nothing compares to what took place on Saturday. Sarrah Ludwig scored in the 70th minute on a flip throw from Abby Kenyon to lift the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over Detroit, clinching their first-ever Horizon League regular season title. The Crusaders, who were picked to finish fifth in this year’s preseason poll, won Mid-Continent Conference championships in 2005 and 2006. “When we got the goal the way we did, we had to kill off the game at the end,” Valparaiso coach John Marovich said. “You’re not really thinking … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame ranked 10th in first College Football Playoff rankings ]]>

SOUTH BEND — Everybody looked forward to dissecting the College Football Playoff committee’s first rankings. Well, almost everybody. “It’s way too early for any of that stuff,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be working on Navy and trying to figure out a way to get some points and slow them down.” Kelly’s Irish landed at No. 10 in the rankings released later Tuesday. The top four teams at the end of the season will compete for the title. The playoff pairings will be announced Dec. 7. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss are the … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:07:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ After bye, ‘rejuvenated’ Purdue braces for Ameer Abdullah, No. 17 Nebraska ]]>

Purdue had been practicing and/or playing virtually non-stop since training camp started in early August, until this past week’s bye. The Boilermakers had abbreviated practices on Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday focused on situational work, including two- and four-minute drills and overtime. After taking Saturday off, they returned to practice on Sunday ahead of their game at No. 17 Nebraska. “They looked fresh, they looked rejuvenated and ready to go,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said on Tuesday, resuming his weekly news conference. Much of the Boilermakers’ attention will land on Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah. He leads the nation with … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ On Campus: Gavin Voss, Brett Bayer connect on kicking assignments ]]> Lead story image

Game-winning field goals have become the norm for St. Joseph’s Gavin Voss. His latest flair for the dramatic came Saturday on a 31-yarder with 2:30 left in a 30-27 victory over upset-minded Southwest Baptist. Given a second chance when Southwest Baptist was penalized for offsides on his first try, the Wheeler grad redeemed himself with the fourth winner of his career. His first stunned Quincy 27-24 in a 2012 overtime thriller. Other difference-makers came last year in a 6-3 victory over Truman State and 24-21 over Trine. Voss also kicked a career-best 46-yarder in a 31-10 victory over Valparaiso. He … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: Coach John Beilein hopes Michigan ‘spikes’ with Albrecht ]]> Lead story image

Ask basketball coach John Beilein to take Michigan’s pulse and he leans heavily on Spike Albrecht. It’s not because of the point guard’s numbers, though he comes into his junior season with a streak of 76 consecutive games. Beilein’s confidence is quite a tribute. Though Albrecht has only started once, the Wolverines have gone 59-17 since his arrival, won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years, reached the NCAA title game and followed with an Elite Eight appearance. Albrecht’s intangibles have endeared him ever since he walked into Crisler Arena for the first time, taking a circuitious route … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:24:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: VU’s Roberto Kelly chose football despite father’s professional baseball background ]]> Lead story image

While watching the World Series on television, Valparaiso defensive end Roberto Kelly has a more personal investment in the games than the average sports fan. Kelly’s father, also Roberto Kelly, is the first base coach for the Giants. He played 13 seasons in the big leagues and was in uniform as a coach for the San Francisco World Series titles in 2010 and 2012. When the Giants won their first championship since moving the San Francisco in 2010, the younger Kelly held the trophy on the field and celebrated with Giants players in the clubhouse. “I got to travel with … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:09:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ VU Notebook: Jessica Richardson racking up cross country accolades ]]>

Valparaiso senior Jessica Richardson was named the Horizon League Runner of the Week for the third time this year on Monday. Richardson produced a personal-best 6K time of 21:12.4 at the Bradley Classic on Oct. 17, earning her fourth top-10 finish of the year. She is only the second runner in program history to notch three Horizon League Runner of the Week Awards in a single season. “It’s exciting to see that I’ve been the best in the Horizon League for a few weeks, because that means I might be able to take the Horizon League championship a couple weeks … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:52:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame’s rematch with Florida State four years away ]]> Lead story image

Notre Dame’s next crack at ­Florida State — barring a postseason clash — will come in 2018. The Irish and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced football matchups through the 2025 season Tuesday. Dates for all ACC games are set through 2019. The highlights include Notre Dame’s rematch against Florida State on Nov. 10, 2018, in South Bend, Ind., and two Labor Day tilts — 2019 at Louisville and 2021 at Florida State. The Irish and Seminoles also are scheduled to play in 2024 at Notre Dame. ‘‘Nine additional seasons of games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents again adds both variety … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:52:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

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Basketball preseason polls usually aren’t worth spit, but it’s hard to complain about the hoopla being tossed at the Wisconsin Badgers. Coming off a 30-8 season and the school’s third Final Four appearance, which ended with a 74-73 loss to Kentucky, Coach Bo Ryan is looking forward to his 14th consecutive NCAA appearance. The hawk-faced coach can salivate over seven returning veterans, including preseason All-Americans Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker. Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter is so impressed that he didn’t settle for picking them as Big Ten favorites. Participating in the national poll, he voted the Badgers No. 1 … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:22:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coach Brian Kelly still doesn’t agree with flag that wiped out Notre Dame’s winning TD ]]> Lead story image

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Brian Kelly found out it was Will Fuller, not fellow receiver CJ Prosise, who was flagged for offensive pass interference during Notre Dame’s final possession Saturday against Florida State. But that’s about the only thing Kelly was sure about a day after the controversial ending to the Irish’s 31-27 loss. ‘‘Actually, I have less clarity,’’ Kelly said when he was asked Sunday what he saw when he watched the play on film. Trailing by four points, Notre Dame reached the Seminoles’ 2 with less than 20 seconds left. Quarterback  Everett Golson passed to  Corey Robinson, who … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minnesota stalls Purdue’s progression ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Purdue has made great strides in turning around its football program. But the Boilermakers were given a painful reminder on Saturday that there’s still room for them to improve. David Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal with 4:59 left as Purdue blew an 11-point halftime lead in a 39-38 loss. “When you play the way we played, these are hard ones,” said Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell, whose team won just one game last year in his first season at Purdue. “You’re so close and you’ve got a … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:09:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana still can’t pass test, falls to Michigan State ]]> Lead story image

BLOOMINGTON — Stats can lie, but this one couldn’t. Four completions, 13 attempts, minus-2 yards — Zander Diamont’s passing stats through three quarters Saturday in his Indiana debut. For all of Tevin Coleman’s success as the nation’s top rusher coming into Saturday’s 56-17 Big Ten loss to No. 8 Michigan State, he’s going to need a much better complement from the passing game going forward. Coleman had his school-record ninth straight game over 100 yards rushing on Saturday. But the bulk of that came on two runs, one a 65-yarder, the other a 30-yarder. His other 13 carries netted 37 … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drake defense too much for Valparaiso ]]>

VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso defense turned in its best performance of the season on Saturday, but a lackluster offensive output prevented the Crusaders from securing a statement victory. Drake roared from behind after trailing 9-0 in the second quarter, scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to pull out a 17-9 victory over Valparaiso. The Crusaders defense allowed only 10 points, with Drew Ormseth’s 39-yard interception return for a touchdown accounting for the other seven. “It was an amazing performance by our defense,” Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini said. “They came out and played inspired football. I told our guys at the end of … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:07:35 -0500