Sports Digest: Crusaders 10th in PFL poll

2013-07-30T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:39:17Z Sports Digest: Crusaders 10th in PFL poll
July 30, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

SIOUX CITY EDGES RAILCATS: Peter Barrows doubled in Austin Gallagher in the seventh inning Tuesday night to give host Sioux City a 5-4 victory over the RailCats.

Brian Kolb went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the RailCats, while Christian Vitters went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. RailCats catcher Ryan Babineau homered.

The RailCats complete their six-game road trip today at Sioux City. James Adkins (0-2, 4.68 ERA) will start for the RailCats. The radio broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. on The Lakeshore-FM (89.1).


College football

CRUSADERS 10TH IN PFL POLL: Valparaiso is ranked 10th in the Pioneer Football League preseason coaches’ poll that was released Tuesday.

The Crusaders return 18 starters (nine on offense, nine on defense) under fourth-year head coach Dale Carlson.

Last year’s co-champion San Diego received five first-place votes to edge Butler for the top spot in the survey. Jacksonville and Drake sit in a deadlock for third place with Dayton and Marist rounding out the top half of the poll.

Valpo rests two spots behind eighth-ranked Campbell. With 32 points, the Crusaders finished ahead of Mercer and Stetson in the poll.

The Crusaders kick off their season Aug. 29 at North Dakota.


Men's basketball

THREE VALPO PLAYERS ON AIA TRIP: Valparaiso senior Bobby Capobianco and juniors David Chadwick and Vashil Fernandez will travel overseas with Athletes in Action teams in August, while Crusaders assistant coach Roger Powell Jr. will serve as head coach for one of the teams.

Fernandez is part of an AIA squad heading to New Zealand for a tour Thursday through Aug. 18, while Capobianco will join a team heading to Jamaica Aug. 7 through 21. Chadwick is one of 10 players on a squad which will travel to Lithuania Aug. 7 through 19, a team which will be coached by Powell.


Pro football

COLTS PUT MCKINNEY ON IR: Colts tackle Brandon McKinney was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, costing the team one big piece of its rebuilt defensive line.

The 345-pound McKinney was lost one day after coach Chuck Pagano said he had swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee. McKinney spent all of last season on injured reserve, too, after injuring the knee during a preseason game.

To replace McKinney, the Colts pulled linebacker C.O. Prime off of waivers. Prime had been waived earlier to make room for another linebacker, Josh McNary, who was cleared to start practicing after serving a two-year stint in the U.S. Army.

It was a tough day for the Colts, who also saw rookie offensive lineman Khaled Holmes carted off the field with a right ankle injury. The severity of that injury isn't known, but the fourth-round draft pick was expected to compete for playing time at center and guard.

Backup linebacker Scott Lutrus (knee) and safety Sergio Brown (hamstring) also left the afternoon practice early. And two-time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea took the day off to attend the birth of his daughter.


Youth basketball

OPEN GYM WITH MIKE: Former Munster basketball star Michael Bizoukas will hold a youth basketball clinic Friday at Wilbur Wright Middle School.

The former DePaul, Missouri State and current professional player in Europe will work with grades two through five from 10 a.m. to noon. Grades six through eight will work from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. For details, email


Youth baseball

DYER BABE RUTH SIGN-UPS SLATED: Dyer Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for its Fall Ball Season for players aged 12 to 15 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dyer Babe Ruth Field. Cost is $90. For details, call (219) 588-4215.

LOCAL 10U TEAM'S TRYOUTS SATURDAY: A Northern Indiana-based 10-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aberdeen baseball fields in Valparaiso. Those interested in participating should email

C.P. CAL RIPKEN REGISTRATION NOW: The Crown Point Cal Ripken Youth Baseball will have registration until Aug. 15. Online registration is at The season starts in early September and runs through mid October. The cost is $100, plus $4 online fee and $3.50 registration fee. There is an additional $40 fee for non-Crown Point Cal Ripken league players.

BREAKERS TRYOUTS SATURDAY: Breakers Baseball will host tryouts for its college exposure team at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington Township High School. The fall and 2014 summer team is for unsigned juniors, seniors and top-level sophomores. To register, call (219) 309-3970, or email


Prep sports

WHEELER SETS PRACTICE STARTS: Wheeler High School has announced the times for Monday's first fall sports practices.

Volleyball will go from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; football, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; boys and girls soccer, 8 to 11 a.m.; boys tennis, 9 to 11 a.m.; boys and girls cross country, 7 to 9 a.m.

Middle school will hold its first practice from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12.


Around the horn

North Newton is looking for a junior high football assistant coach. Anyone interested should email Aaron Sauter at ... Boone Grove will hold a middle school baseball meeting Monday. Seventh-graders will meet at 4 p.m. and eighth-graders at 6. Students should have completed physicals. For details, email coach Rollie Thill at

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