Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Valpo’s tourney success hinges on turnovers ]]> Lead story image

Being repetitive is something I’ve been accused of frequently. I can definitely hammer a point into the ground, then keep hammering until it’s buried six feet under. Sounding like a broken record is one way to put it. With this year’s Valparaiso men’s basketball team, it’s all about the turnovers. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers … it’s a broken record that I will not stop mentioning because it’s the main reason the Crusaders finished fourth in the Horizon League regular season with seven losses, instead of first with two or three losses. This team can shoot with anyone else in the conference, … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:34:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Lake Central adds to its bowling dynasty ]]> Lead story image

Pop quiz: Northwest Indiana’s most successful high school athletic program — boys and girls combined — over the last 12 years will be competing at the state finals Saturday with a chance to add to a trophy case not located at the high school itself. Who is it? The last part probably gives it away since there are several region schools that don’t recognize or even care about their bowling teams, all because some athletic directors and principals look through sanction-colored glasses instead of focusing on the interests of the kids. The 15th Indiana High School Bowling state finals will … ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:26:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gorches: Drew, Lindner to share honor, if not spotlight ]]> Lead story image

Do you remember Bruce Lindner? If you’re a longtime Valparaiso University basketball fan who has been around for 50 years or more, then you might recall that Lindner was the Crusaders’ leading scorer from 1967 through 1970. He still holds the Valparaiso men’s career scoring average mark at 19.5 points per game, as well as single-season records of 27.8 ppg., field goals made (274), field goals attempted (589) and others. He also holds the VU single-game scoring mark of 51 points against DePauw. So Lindner, who wore No. 24, could be considered the best Crusaders hoopster of them all — … ]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:27:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Is LaVonte Dority best Valparaiso guard since Bryce Drew? ]]> Lead story image

As time was running down in the first half at UIC on Saturday afternoon, Valparaiso senior guard LaVonte Dority was holding the ball, with his team up 10 points. He was setting up a play, but the way he was shooting, he decided to go videogame and play a little NBA Jam. Dority launched a 3-point attempt from about 30 feet. Nothing but net. “Maybe it was a heat check,” Dority joked when asked about it this week. Or maybe it was a confirmation that he’s playing the guard position better than any Crusader since — dare we say it … ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:42:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Something to suit all types of fans at Valpo ]]> Lead story image

A week ago I wrote that I kind of feel sorry for Bruce Lindner, who wore No. 24 for Valparaiso University’s men’s basketball program 24 years before Bryce Drew wore the same number. You see, both will be honored Wednesday night when Valparaiso retires the No. 24 jersey, but the large majority of fans will be cheering louder for Drew, who is the current head coach who led the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament last year, and hit one of the most memorable shots in NCAA tourney history in 1998. Drew has benefitted from the multi-media age and television channels … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:11:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Team first for Valpo freshman Jubril Adekoya ]]> Lead story image

College basketball recruiting has become more complicated in recent years. It’s not just about going to a few high school games on a Friday or Saturday night and watching players, taking notes and talking to the player, his coach and/or parents. In fact, high school games aren’t the main competition college coaches look at anymore. It’s all about those Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams and their coaches that sometimes come across as slimy. Nearly everybody playing in Division I was a star in high school. But when those players get on a really good AAU squad, not everybody can be … ]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:32:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gorches: Turnovers the key to Horizon 3-peat for Valpo ]]> Lead story image

Several college basketball coaches call the non-conference part of the season the “preseason,” but it’s not really like that period of time before the regular season in pro sports. For Valparaiso’s mens team, it definitely was a needed learning experience with so many new players contributing after losing seven seniors from last year’s Horizon League championship campaign. And there have been some ups and downs in the first 15 non-conference games with the Crusaders going 8-7, which is pretty much expected. The one theme has been turnovers — when they keep those miscues to a minimum, they win. When the … ]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:28:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gorches: State titles galore for NWI in 2013 ]]> Lead story image

All good things must come to an end, though it’s a matter of opinion whether or not 2013 was a good year. But from a Northwest Indiana high school sports standpoint, it was a great year — maybe the best ever based on success on the field, on the court, on the course, on the lanes or in the pool. Trophies were being hoisted from January, when global warming was still prevalent, to December, when a new ice age arrived in the region. And they came from all ends of the area and all sizes — from two small Porter … ]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:50:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Hello and goodbye, Duneland tournaments ]]> Lead story image

Hello, Duneland Conference holiday tournaments. You were a nice change of pace this weekend from the old double round-robin that no one liked and hurt competitive balance in the conference. It was also nice to have more region holiday basketball events after some long-running tourneys have gone by the wayside in recent years (namely, the South County Tournament that was discontinued a couple years ago after decades of tradition). And now, goodbye, Duneland Conference holiday tournaments. It was nice knowing you for one year, but it seems like you were just a temporary fix to fill games on teams’ schedules … ]]> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:03:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Adding Keith Carter boosts Valpo’s rotation options ]]> Lead story image

There’s nothing like getting a boost to the rotation midway through the season. It doesn’t happen often in college athletics. Not like there’s a trade deadline, as in professional sports, when teams can add to their depth. But once in a while, a transfer can result in a player joining the team mid-year. It’s happened a couple times for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team in recent years. Starting guard LaVonte Dority, who leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, joined the squad last year at midseason after transferring from South Florida the previous season. And just like … ]]> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:16:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Adversity makes Alec Peters stronger for Crusaders ]]> Lead story image

Anyone who went to college knows how freshman year can be tumultuous and stressful. It’s a culture shock. You’re getting used to being on your own — whether it’s miles away from your family or just down the road — and having to be more responsible. Throw in the added work and responsibility of being an athlete, and it can truly be a roller coaster ride. Valparaiso University freshman Alec Peters knows all too well about all of that, and then some. He truly has grown since the beginning of his first college semester — figuratively and literally. It started … ]]> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:21:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gorches: Young Crusaders can learn from good losses ]]> Lead story image

For those Valparaiso University basketball fans distraught over a tough 67-65 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, here’s my advice to you: Don’t be. If there’s any such thing as a good loss, it was that one. The Crusaders had no business being in the game, let alone having a shot at overtime before Mike McCall had a tip-in offensive rebound at the buzzer to save the Billikens from what would have been a disastrous blown lead for them. Valparaiso’s youth showed once again, with the three freshmen starters combining for seven of the team’s 17 turnovers, 13 of the … ]]> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 20:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: Why would Bryce Drew ever leave Valpo? ]]> Lead story image

It’s a question that’s been asked of me several times so far this season in regards to the Valparaiso men’s basketball team. Whether I’m covering a game at the Athletics-Recreation Center or out and about — someone actually recognized me in a grocery store and asked me — VU fans want to know if I think Bryce Drew will eventually leave the Crusaders to coach somewhere else. Now those who’ve known me for a while know I can be a region rat, so my first inclination is to say, “No way, Jose.” But none of the fans who asked me … ]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:47:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: QB Hooker makes the difference for Tipton ]]> Lead story image

TIPTON — One player makes a world of difference, especially when he’s the quarterback of a football team. Just ask numerous NFL squads what it’s like after their franchise QB goes down with an injury (i.e. Green Bay Packers). So when Tipton was missing its QB earlier this season — a kid who is breaking Indiana football records held by a current NFL signal caller — and it lost a low-scoring game to Rensselaer, most knew it would be a different story this time around. It was quite apparent early on during Tipton’s 27-0 thrashing of the Bombers in Friday’s … ]]> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:16:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: How ironic: East Chicago defeats Russ Radtke for regional title ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — Over the years, I’ve been a part of multiple discussions on the definition of irony. For the record, the 1996 song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette is almost completely wrong — very few, if any, of her examples in the song are really irony. But East Chicago’s improbable, amazing, shake-your-head and say “Wow!” 38-37 overtime win over previously undefeated New Prairie was filled with irony — even if my definition isn’t accurate, either. Let’s start with the game-winning play: a simple extra point by Cardinals’ kicker Daniel Flores in overtime that provided the margin of victory. The senior … ]]> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:15:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: West Side, Bowman make Gary football ‘relevant’ ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — Who said football is dead in the city of Gary? Sure, there are a couple schools that treat the sport like a second-class citizen. Heck, maybe even third-class. But there are two Gary football teams that will be playing for a sectional title next week, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Back in July, a few weeks before the official start date for football practice, West Side and Bowman Academy had a scrimmage — a football scrimmage, not basketball. Cougars coach Jason Johnson told me back then it was the second scrimmage the two teams had … ]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 23:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: VU will be better than predicted ]]> Lead story image

Call me sentimental, call me a homer, call me an idiot — I’m used to it. But I just don’t think this year’s version of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will be as bad as most people seem to think. The Crusaders opened the season on Saturday night with a home exhibition game against Hillsdale, and the end result was a 69-60 victory. But the naysayers will look at the first half, in which Valparaiso shot a paltry 29.2 percent and had eight turnovers (compared to just two for Hillsdale), and say that’s the VU team fans should expect … ]]> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:58:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ GORCHES: O’Sheas hoping for a family road trip to state ]]> Lead story image

For the second straight year, the O’Shea siblings will be running in the New Prairie Semistate on Saturday. This time they would love to be headed to the state finals in Terre Haute together as competitors. Last year, Joel O’Shea finished 14th at New Prairie to advance to state as a freshman, while his sister, Kelly, struggled at semistate with a 67th-place finish. But with the IHSAA rule change — the top six teams advance to state, as well as the top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams — there’s a better chance that both can be donning their orange and … ]]> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:44:06 -0500