VU'S ROOT MOVES INTO 10TH ON NCAA ALL-TIME DIGS LIST: Valparaiso University libero Taylor Root moved into 10th place on the NCAA's all-time digs list and also set a school record in a 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 Horizon League win over Green Bay on Friday.
Root's 34 digs are a school record for a three-set match. She now has 2,460 career digs.
Teammate Ellen Vanden Berg added 16 kills for the Crusaders (12-9, 4-2).
IU NORTHWEST'S ANNUAL SPIKE OUT THURSDAY: IU-Northwest's second annual Spike Out match will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday. The RedHawks will wear pink for breast cancer awareness when they face IU-Kokomo.
The IU Northwest Office of Athletics also urges spectators to wear pink. Students, staff and faculty members are admitted to the game free with their ID. The admission fee for all others is $3.
SABATHIA LEADS YANKEES INTO ALCS: CC Sabathia pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees once again came out on the right side of a disputed home run call against the Orioles in October, beating Baltimore 3-1 Friday in the deciding Game 5 to reach the AL championship series against Detroit.
Nate McLouth's bid for a tying homer in the sixth inning was ruled foul by the slimmest of margins. Sabathia hung on in the late innings for his first postseason complete game and defeated the Orioles for the second time in this division series
The ALCS opens today at Yankee Stadium.
Raul Ibanez hit a go-ahead single in the fifth off Jason Hammel and Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI double in the sixth.
Curtis Granderson (T.F. South) boosted it to 3-0 with a second-deck solo homer in the seventh.
TEAM BAIN WINS VU FALL SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Valparaiso University's Spencer Mahoney had two triples, two RBIs and two run scored, leading Team Bain to a 9-3 victory over Team Worthington in the clinching game of the Fall Baseball World Series. Mahoney was named the series MVP.
VU'S KURTH DEEMED MEDICALLY UNABLE TO COMPETE: Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew announced Friday that Tommy Kurth has been deemed medically unable to compete and will no longer be able to play for the Crusaders.
He will remain on scholarship to complete his degree but will not count against the program’s scholarship limit.
“After a hard year of complications, two surgeries and a tough summer of rehab, I am no longer able to perform at my highest level of play required for the Division I level,” Kurth said in a VU news release. “Although I will be unable to compete on the court, I will continue to be a part of the team and program.”
Kurth started 23 of the 31 games he appeared in as a true freshman despite battling foot injuries throughout the campaign. He underwent surgery on his foot following his freshman campaign and sat out the 2010-2011 season as a medical redshirt. Last season, Kurth played in 13 games but played just twice after Dec. 17 as he battled internal complications. The decision was made after offseason surgery and a summer spent trying to recuperate and train into playing shape.
TOMICH TO SPEAK AT KIWANIS: The Highland Kiwanis will feature Jared Tomich, a former NFL player and owner of Fuel Fitness, as guest speaker at their Thursday meeting.
The event begins 6:30 p.m. at Langel’s Pizzeria on Highway Avenue in Highland.
LAPORTE INDIVIDUAL REGIONAL MOVED TO NAC: Due to an inclement weather forecast, today's LaPorte individual regional has been moved to the Northwest Athletic Club, 301 W. Kieffer Road in Michigan City. Times will remain the same with the first round starting at 10 a.m. and the finals at 2.
HANOVER CENTRAL, HEBRON ADVANCE TO PCC SEMIFINALS: Hanover Central and Hebron both swept into today's semifinals of the Porter County Conference tournament.
Lauren Carlson had 13 kills and two block kills to lead the Hawks to a 25-8, 25-20, 25-23 win over Kouts. Ivette Muzquiz had six kills and three digs to pace the Fillies.
Alex Plavsa had 11 kills, six aces and five block kills in the Wildcats' 25-21, 25-11, 25-23 win over LaCrosse. Sarah Mareska had five kills for the Tigers.
Host and defending champion Washington Township will meet South Central at 4 p.m. today. Hanover Central and Hebron follow at 5:30, and the championship is set for 7.