I lost a lot of games at Valpo and it was frustrating. Coming off a high school career of winning four straight sectional basketball titles and four volleyball ones, I had to become used to winning. I knew when committing to Valpo it would be a growing process. I was told that I could be a p…

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48 hours was all that it took for COVID-19 to stall the realm of sports and all of those participating in it. As the news of different collegiate conferences and professional sports suspending their seasons became public, a domino effect unfolded, and Valpo was just one of the many dominos t…

The Valpo men’s basketball team made history in the Missouri Valley Conference this past weekend during the Arch Madness tournament in St Louis, MO. While they ultimately fell short to Bradley for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the team played four games straight, becoming the first team in …

Injury is no stranger to fifth year senior forward Ryan Fazekas and neither is the adversity to get back up and continuing to be tough. Winning tough has been all the business he’s focused on, and his execution to deliver on his side of the bargain is what made him great on the court. 

Maya Meredith came to Valpo from Indianapolis, Ind., during the 2016-17 basketball season, where she appeared in 28 games as a freshman. 

Determined, passionate and self-driven are all words that best describe senior forward Marlee Profitt. While her career has been held back due to injury, Profitt has not been held back to wanting to come out with a positive attitude and be the best teammate and friend around her coaches, tea…

With the 2019-20 athletic season slowly winding to a close, the women’s basketball team is nearing the time of their season when they honor their senior players. This year, the team is honoring four players in their upcoming senior game; Alexis Cowan, Grace Hales, Marlee Profit and Maya Meredith.

If any fan knew much about senior guard Grace Hales, they’d know her to be one of the most competitive and prolific shooters in the women’s basketball program. But to her teammates, coaches, family and friends, they know her to be so much more; a hardworking student, a kind friend, and an ov…

If there were a story about a young player climbing through impossible feats and being rewarded for his hard work, that would be the story of senior guard John Kiser. 

When people go to basketball games, they see well-dressed student managers in gold or brown polos handing out waters, towels and being present for players’ needs during games. But a manager’s job is far more than just handing out water, towels, and doing laundry. 

Ever since Mary Evans took over as Head Coach for Valparaiso Women’s Basketball, one of the main pillars of her philosophy has been to develop them into the best overall basketball player possible. This season, redshirt-junior Addison Stoller has embodied that philosophy perfectly. 

In a season filled with ups and downs for the Crusaders, players’ performances have also followed the sine wave of output. With starting the season on an immediate high with taking down a top MAC team in Toledo, the Crusaders experienced an immediate low with the injury to Ryan Fazekas. 

For Valparaiso’s basketball culture, there has been constants and there has been change. As fans of the student section, seniors Ethan Hennessy and Jacob Nordbrock have been constant home fans for the last four years. Whether it be them yelling at the opponents, cheering on the basketball te…

Valpo’s fan section helps to support the team and cheer them on as they face off against their opponents. One constant sight at the games is fan Al Billets who attends the majority of both home and away games. 

This year has been absolutely amazing and filled with so many great memories. I’ve been so lucky to be on a team that is so close and that gets along so well. Our trip to Canada this summer really brought all of us together as we were able to go on a ton of different excursions and just hang…

Being on the Valparaiso Track and Field team has been a very rewarding experience. After leaving Carthage College last year as a freshman and trying to find a new home athletically and academically, I was very excited to get recruited by Valparaiso and be able to compete at the highest level…

Just in time for the softball season to begin, sophomore Kate Beckemeyer is just starting her journey at Valparaiso University. Previously at Parkland College, Beckemeyer just transferred this semester.  

The Saturday afternoon win against Indiana State secured the four game sweep for Valpo for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. The win was secured in the second quarter after Valpo held the Sycamores scoreless. 

February 2020 will be seeing the return of a fresh and dynamic Valpo baseball team. Head Coach Brian Schamack has been focusing on the philosophy of keeping the team focused on the process regardless of how the season goes on. The dynamic of the team has been emphasized on the level of comfo…

My experience as a Valparaiso University softball player has been nothing short of amazing. Although it is only my second year here, I’ve learned so much about myself and have grown tremendously as a person. 

After a lengthy month of conference play, Valparaiso opened up February with a win backed by a talented bench. Valpo was able to outscore Illinois State 36-13 in points off the bench and freshman forward Ben Krikke the leader for Valparaiso in that category. He was one of seven players that …

As of this academic year, Valpo is home to an eSports team competing in different PC games, such as Rocket League and League of Legends. Rocket League had their official competition in the fall, going 4-6 overall, ultimately falling in a competitive match against Boise State. Rocket League w…

When I first heard about the news of Kobe Bryant, it felt as if the world was crashing down on me. As a California native who was raised around the area of Los Angeles, I grew up under the Laker culture; I was part of the city that bled purple and gold.

As the annual Valpo Football Banquet has just passed, now seems like the best time to reflect on my football career here at Valparaiso University. It was filled with ups and downs, along with many changes and it wasn’t always easy or enjoyable. You can see that clearly as only 10 other playe…

Words can't describe the emotions players faced Sunday afternoon after the passing of the former NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant, for both coaches and players alike, was seen as a fundamental influence in the development of many of these players.

Competition walked into the ARC for head coach Mary Evans and her team as they faced adversity from two of the top five teams in the Missouri Valley Conference: Illinois State and Bradley. Both teams have pinned more than 10 wins overall, and came this weekend with offensive authority. At th…

Valpo swimming started 2020 off with a bang in their most recent home tournament. This past Saturday, Jan. 18th, both the mens and womens teams faced off with Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University. Both teams were victorious against Western but later fell to Eastern. Th…

With the new year in full swing, Valparaiso’s Track and Field team are looking to strive for better marks this year. Head Coach Ryan Moore will be leading this new team in his 13th season. Under his leadership, the team looks to find success through cohesion as both a team and as a family. 

For Valparaiso sports fans that don’t get the chance to come watch in person, they have the opportunity to stream games on ESPN. However, the process that goes into making these streams possible is beyond amazing to say the least. One of the craziest facts is that the majority of the crew is…

Valparaiso’s first 2020 home game was nothing short of eccentric with the game coming down to free throws in the last few minutes. Five lead changes and seven ties couldn’t sum up how close of a game Valpo played against Drake. Free throws by sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty and freshma…

Since 2017, the Athletics Oversight Committee of the Board of Directors has been conducting a review of Valparaiso University athletics. As of Nov. 20, the men’s soccer and tennis teams have been discontinued as a result of this review. 

Recently, the state of Indiana passed a law allowing for sports betting. Prior to Sept. 1, betting on sports was illegal in the state of Indiana. On Oct. 3, online sports betting was introduced to the game. 

While sophomore Chiara Robinson doesn’t always have 14 hours to swim home, she’ll surely take any and all opportunities to swim laps at the ARC. Robinson, originally from Colorado, describes herself as someone who's always been a water baby.

The nerves first start when you get on the bus to head to the arena. You have prepared all week, watched film, learned personnel and have gone over all the plays, but, you still get that excitable yet uneasy feeling in your stomach. 

The nerves first start when you get on the bus to head to the arena. You have prepared all week, watched film, learned personnel and have gone over all the plays, but, you still get that excitable yet uneasy feeling in your stomach. 

Saturday morning’s conference championship achieved good marks for Head Coach Mike Straubel as both of his teams set program-best records since joining the Missouri Valley Conference. 

For most upperclassmen, junior year is the time where you begin strengthening the connections and work established in the previous two years. For Grace White, however, a transfer from Denver, it’s a time for new beginnings.

If you asked anyone how Valpo secured the home opener, the answer would be sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty. His jump shot from the left elbow snapped the tie with four seconds left on the shot clock securing a win, 79-77. 

After nearly 35 years at Valpo, Men’s Tennis Coach Jim Daugherty has announced his resignation from the program. His final season with the team has been full of ups and downs, as well as a combination of nostalgia and excitement for the future.

Valpo Swimming held its first ever Pink Out meet in order to honor individuals who have either been affected by or have loved ones who’ve been affected by breast cancer. For head coach Maggie Kroemer, the Valpo graduate and founder of the event, one specific person comes to mind.

For 1,637 eager Valpo basketball fans, Christmas came early with an exhibition game against Cedarville University, which was scheduled for 13 days earlier than the year prior. For head coach Matt Lottich and his players, a hard fought win on both sides of the court was the only present they …

For most of the school year, junior guard Nick Robinson put forth his time and effort toward his basketball career; however, after suffering a fractured ankle last season, he picked up photography as a way to fill his time and express his artistic imagination. Robinson specifically focuses o…