Sports Digest: Chesterton's Ward part of Valpo men's soccer recruiting class

2014-04-01T21:30:00Z 2014-04-15T18:35:08Z Sports Digest: Chesterton's Ward part of Valpo men's soccer recruiting class nwitimes.com
April 01, 2014 9:30 pm

College baseball

SWISHER THROWS NO-HITTER AS PIONEERS SWEEP: Prairie State College held their undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record with 14-4 and 13-0 wins over Morton on Tuesday.

Pioneers sophomore John Swisher threw a five-inning no-hitter in the shutout, walking two and striking out six. It marked the first no-hitter for a PSC pitcher since April 25, 2010.

VALPO HOME OPENER TODAY: Inclement weather forced the cancellation of four Valparaiso home games so far this season, but improving conditions paved the way for today’s home opener. Valpo meets Northern Illinois at 3 p.m.

Men’s soccer

CHESTERTON’S WARD PART OF VALPO’S RECRUITING CLASS: John Ward (Chesterton) and seven others are part of Valparaiso's 2014 recruiting class.

Ward was a Times First Team All-Area selection last fall. The senior forward had 12 goals and 15 assists for the Trojans.

Also in the class are midfielder Andrw Avram (Scottsdale, Ariz.), defender/midfielder Christopher Clemens (Angola), midfielder/forward Bernard Gamamou (Conakry, Guinea), midielder/forward Jordan James (Hellshire, Jamaica), defender/midfielder Jacob Keck (Topeka, Kan.), forward Stian Sandbekkhaug (Ottawa) and midfielder Keano Alrick Williams (Lucea, Jamaica).

Men’s tennis

CRUSADERS RALLY TO BEAT IPFW: Jeffrey Schorsch (No. 1 singles), Dave Bacalla (No. 2) and Michael Savaglio (No. 4) rallied from a set down to win their matches, leading Valparaiso to a 5-2 victory over host IPFW on Tuesday.

Schorsch won 4-6,6-2, 7-5; Bacalla won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, and Savaglio won 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Crusaders (15-5) also picked up a doubles point by edging the Mastadons (12-6) in two tiebreakers.

College softball

PUC SWEEPS CALUMET COLLEGE: Visiting Purdue Calumet (14-4) snapped a two-game losing streak at Calumet College's expense, winning 6-5 and 17-8 on Tuesday.

Shelbie Jones (6-2) pitched the opener, allowing five runs on seven hits. Olivia Donley belted a three-run homer in the nightcap, while Abbi Fahse was 4 for 4 with a grand slam.

VALPO LOSES HOME OPENER: Singles by Samantha Stewart and Amanda Korb were the lone offense as Valparaiso lost its home opener 5-0 to Western Michigan.

Hebron grad Mollie Lindeman (1-4) allowed three earned runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Crusaders (7-22).

Women's basketball

ACHONWA WILL MISS FINAL FOUR WITH KNEE INJURY: Notre Dame says forward Natalie Achonwa sustained a knee injury in the regional semifinal against Baylor and won't be able to play for the Fighting Irish in the Final Four.

The school said Tuesday the 6-3 forward suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Monday night's 88-69 win.

STANFORD, MARYLAND REACH FINAL FOUR: Chiney Ogwumike is carrying her team to Music City and one last Final Four she planned for all along, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds as second-seeded Stanford beat North Carolina (27-10) 74-65 on Tuesday night in the regional final on the Cardinal's home floor.

Mikaela Ruef scored a career-high 17 points; Amber Orrange added 14, and Bonnie Samuelson knocked down three 3-pointers for 13 points off the bench for Stanford (33-3), which had its streak of five straight Final Fours snapped last March.

All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland advanced to the Terrapins' first Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship, holding off Louisville 76-73 in the Cardinals' home arena.

The Terrapins (28-6) reached their fourth Final Four all-time. They pulled off their second straight upset in Louisville (33-5) with this victory much harder in essentially a home game for the third-seeded Cardinals, even with the floor covered with the NCAA logo. 

The fourth-seeded Terrapins will play undefeated Notre Dame on Sunday in Nashville in a national semifinal.

OGWUMIKE, STEWART, SIMS ON AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM: Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Breanna Stewart of UConn and Odyssey Sims of Baylor are unanimous choices for The Associated Press women's basketball All-America team.

The three are joined on the squad Tuesday by Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and Notre Dame's Kayla McBride.

It's the second straight season that Ogwumike and Sims earned first-team honors. Thomas made the team as a sophomore and again as a senior.

UConn's four other starters also received All-America votes, marking only the second time since the AP started picking teams that a school has had five players selected.

Seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley made the second team, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson were honorable mention.

Men's basketball

MINNESOTA BEATS FLORIDA STATE IN OT AT NIT: Substitute center Maurice Walker made six free throws in overtime and Minnesota held off Florida State 67-64 on Tuesday night to reach the NIT championship game.

Austin Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points apiece for the Golden Gophers (24-13), who overcame Devon Bookert's tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. They will play Thursday night against fellow top seed SMU in a title game that certainly features a New York flavor on the sidelines.

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, of course, is the son of former Knicks and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino. He'll go up against Hall of Famer Larry Brown, who was born in Brooklyn and coached the Knicks himself long before taking over the Mustangs.

Pro golf

WOODS HAS BACK SURGERY, WILL MISS MASTERS: Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods says the surgery was successful, but he will need rehabilitation for several weeks. The world's No. 1 player says he hopes to be able to return this summer.

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