Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Basketball: Valparaiso H.S. grad Brad Karp signs with British Basketball League team ]]> Lead story image

Brad Karp’s college basketball career is over, but St. Xavier’s all-time leading scorer isn’t calling it quits. Karp signed a professional contract Monday with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. “The decision was a lot of different things,” Karp said. “The league has a good style of play with lots of scoring that felt like a good fit for me. It felt like the recruiting process again with college, looking for the right city, coach and team.” Karp, who was named to NAIA All-American teams all four years at St. Xavier, led the Cougars to a 30-5 record … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:07:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Marquette’s Nate Flores, Lowell’s Billy Barker sign with IUN ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Indiana University Northwest added championship experience and perimeter shooting with two new signings Thursday afternoon. Nate Flores from Class 1A State Champion Marquette and Lowell’s Billy Barker signed letters of intent to play for RedHawks coach Kris Schnatz’s team this season. Flores led Marquette in steals with 48, was fourth in rebounds with 80, and finished third in scoring at over 11.5 points per game. Schnatz expects Flores’ versatility and postseason experience to be valuable assets to his team. “Nate brings immediate credibility to our backcourt, bringing pace to our backcourt, a faster pace,” Schnatz said. “You need … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:04:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ POPE: Accountability needs to return to Hoosiers basketball ]]> Lead story image

When we last saw the Indiana basketball team, the Hoosiers were walking off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after a loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. There would be no NCAA Tournament. No NIT, for that matter. The team was too sloppy with the ball for much of the season. And there was a lack of maturity. Those aren’t just my thoughts. Coach Tom Crean told reporters in Bloomington essentially the same thing during a summer update session Tuesday. What are the steps to bouncing back after a disappointing 17-15 season? One of them is reminding the … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:07:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: On recruiting trail, Notre Dame enjoys home cooking ]]> Lead story image

Notre Dame has kept an eye close to home while building one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The Irish are No. 7 in’s Class of 2015 team rankings. Eight of Notre Dame’s 17 verbal commitments are from Illinois, Indiana or Ohio. “It’s not a deep year in the Midwest, but they have been able to grab several big-name guys from the local region: Chicago, Indiana, dipping into Ohio,” said Josh Helmholdt, the Midwest region analyst for “I think it’s important to build your base with regional talent, local talent, but then obviously they have been … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:29:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Women’s Golf: Whole lot of success for Grassel ]]> Lead story image

There is a standard amateur golfers shoot for if they aspire to play professionally. Win all the time in local and state events. Kelly Grassel definitely is on the path to having a legitimate chance of playing beyond college. Just a sophomore in college, her body of work is unparalleled for Northwest Indiana golfers. In high school, Grassel won state titles for Chesterton as a junior in 2011 and a senior in 2012 and finished third in the state as a sophomore. She shot a 63 at Sandy Pines in the Kankakee Valley Invitational her senior year. Grassel finished third … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:06:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ On Campus: Valparaiso flooded with softball applications ]]> Lead story image

Valparaiso University still is searching for a softball coach, but it won’t be Joylyn Ichiyama. The 2013 grad will return in her present capacity as an assistant coach. “She’s not a candidate for the head coaching job, nor does she want to be,” said Athletic Director Mark LaBarbera, who is sifting through nearly 60 applications. The job opened unexpectedly when Jordan Stevens was granted a leave of absence in late April, Eventually, his name was dropped from the softball website. Ichiyama, an all-Horizon League third baseman, was hired as an assistant coach last summer, then appointed interim coach after Stevens … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:05:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Hoosiers give student athletes some protections ]]> Lead story image

Remember Sandi Marcius and Purdue’s refusal to pay for his final summer school class? Marcius, a La Lumiere graduate, did the unthinkable to Boiler Nation last year. He decided to transfer after four years to another school, which turned out to be DePaul. Marcius left for what he thought was a better opportunity. He had a hard decision to make and he made it. The Boilermakers begged him to stay. They liked his hustle and his late-season play. They appreciated his attitude. They needed another big man. Marcius didn’t trust his coaches completely after three years of on-and-off playing time. … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:39:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ College recruiting: LB Nile Sykes leaving Notre Dame, going to Indiana ]]>

Another area prospect has found a spot at Indiana, former Montini linebacker Nile Sykes. The school announced news of his transfer Friday after Notre Dame released him from his letter of intent which he signed in February. Sykes had enrolled in college South Bend and was on campus, but during summer session decided to make the move. This type of transfer is unusual but could be a good fit for Sykes because of the change in defensive system from the Irish to the Hoosiers, according to national analyst Allen Trieu. “It is a little unusual for a kid to … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 02:01:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Providence’s Miles Boykin gives verbal commitment to Notre Dame ]]> Lead story image

Even though four-star receiver Miles Boykin, of Providence had offers from all over the country, he has given his verbal commitment to one of the closest schools on his radar: Notre Dame. “Just because the education, of course,” Boykin said. “And you know its one of the greatest places to play football. They have such great tradition there. And I just feel at home whenever I am on campus.” The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect took several return trips to schools on his list, including Notre Dame. “I went to visit like two weeks ago,” Boykin said. “It was just being … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:06:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: LB Nile Sykes still with Notre Dame ]]>

Notre Dame freshman Nile Sykes posted a message Wednesday afternoon on Twitter. “I am still currently a Notre Dame student,” he wrote. How long remains the question. Blue and Gold Illustrated reported that the inside linebacker from Lombard, Illinois, is leaving the school. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound Sykes is a three-star recruit who played at Montini Catholic High School. ranked him No. 20 nationally among all players at his position and No. 18 for all players regardless of position in Illinois for the Class of 2014. He verbally committed to Notre Dame in December. LaMond Pope … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football Recruiting: Indiana lands linebacker Omari Stringer ]]> Lead story image

Another Southland prospect is headed to Indiana to play his college ball. Crete-Monee senior linebacker Omari Stringer, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, is headed to Indiana after a recent visit and confirmation of an offer from the Hoosiers. “It’s close to home — it’s only three hours away,” Stringer said. “And I feel like coach (Kevin) Wilson is just really wise and honest, and you can’t beat that. He has never hid the truth from me.” Stringer saw his recruitment take off after a spring evaluation period during which he added offers from Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Connecticut. “I am … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:09:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso adds JUCO guard Darien Walker ]]> Lead story image

Valparaiso on Monday officially announced the addition of junior college transfer Darien Walker for the 2014-15 season, the first of his two remaining seasons of eligibility. The solidly built 6-foot-3, 218-pounder played a combo guard role for John A. Logan College last season, averaging 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists to help the Volunteers to a 20-11 record. He shot 50 percent (140-of-280) from the field and 77 percent (106-of-137) from the foul line. Walker also averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in one season at Arizona Western College, after winning back-to-back Class 4A state titles with Chicago Public … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:05:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Clay Yeo transfers from Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

Clay Yeo has left the Valparaiso basketball team, transferring to Bethel College. Part of a well-regarded freshman class this past season, the swingman who was an Indiana All-Star at Triton played in 28 games for the Crusaders, averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes. Yeo, who played the third-fewest minutes on the team, shot 44.7 percent from the field, including 45.5 (20-of-44) from 3-point range. He shined in Valparaiso’s 63-60 win over Oakland on Feb. 9, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with seven seconds left, as he went 4-of-8 from deep for 12 points in 25 minutes. “Our university … ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:05:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana to offer multiyear scholarships ]]>

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana plans to immediately begin guaranteeing four-year scholarships to athletes and will agree not to reduce the amount of money students on partial scholarship receive year to year based on illness, injury or ability, athletic director Fred Glass said Friday. The changes are part of a plan announced by the school that Glass calls a “student-athlete bill of rights. It will include significant financial support to former athletes who wish to return to finish their degrees and increased health care commitments, he said. Glass said in an interview with The Associated Press that the changes were not in … ]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:05:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ On Campus: New Valparaiso track will be a ‘first-class facility’ ]]> Lead story image

Valparaiso University’s program is taking a huge step forward with the ongoing construction on an all-weather eight-lane track around Brown Field. Expected to be completed in August, it largely was inspired by a lead gift in honor of Warren G. Hoger, a 1953 alumnus who coached at Walter Lutheran High in Chicago and was inducted into the Illinois state Hall of Fame in 1983. “We’ll have a first-class facility capable of hosting home track meets and championship events,” athletic director Mark LaBarbera said. Future events could include the Horizon League championships which were held at Youngstown State last month. First-place … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:26:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ College football: Notre Dame-Georgia series announced ]]>

Notre Dame’s football team hasn’t faced an SEC team in the regular season since 2005. That changes in 2017. The Irish announced a home-and-home series with Georgia on Wednesday. The teams will meet Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend and Sept. 21, 2019, in Athens, Georgia. “These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “(Georgia coach) Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally.” This will be Notre Dame’s first … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:05:13 -0500