PUMAS NAME CHERWINKA AS COACH: Minnesota native Brittany Cherwinka will lead the Saint Joseph's College volleyball team, Director of Athletics Bill Massoels announced Tuesday.
In a field of more than 30 applicants, Cherwinka emerged as the top choice and will serve as the program's eighth head coach in 48 years.
"Brittany portrayed a fitting vision for our volleyball program," said Massoels, a Bishop Noll grad. "She was a standout athlete and has taken that same desire into the coaching ranks.
"She most certainly understands how to communicate her message to the players as well as her colleagues. Coming from a family of coaches, we believe she will make a seamless transition into being a head coach."
Cherwinka comes to SJC after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. The Falcons posted a 38-27 record in those two seasons and went 22-12 in 2012. Prior to her tenure at UW-River Falls, Cherwinka spent two years as a volunteer assistant at Bethel.
VALPO ATHLETES EARN HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS: Valparaiso’s Jacob Frey, Jazmin Taylor and Elizabeth Bloy were honored by the Horizon League on Tuesday. Frey and Taylor were Field Athletes of the Week, while Bloy was named Runner of the Week.
Frey won the hammer throw (164 feet, 9 inches) at the Puma Invitational. Taylor broke her school record in the high jump (5-4 1/4). Bloy took the 800 meters (2:23.21) and the 1,500 (4:54.93).
VALPO TO PLAY NOTRE DAME TODAY: Valparaiso has added a baseball game to its schedule, and the Crusaders will play Notre Dame at 4:35 p.m. today at Four Winds Field, formerly Coveleski Stadium. The game was added to offset a number of cancellations that have been made this season on VU’s schedule.
HOOSIERS TO LOSE 3 PLAYERS: Two Indiana players have decided to transfer and a third appears headed to the NBA after just one season in Bloomington.
Coach Tom Crean said in a news release that guard Austin Etherington and forward Jeremy Hollowell will continue their careers at another school. Their departures come on the same day Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh reportedly decided to leave school early for the NBA.
Crean has not yet confirmed the move, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. The Indianapolis Star later said Vonleh's mother confirmed the news. Vonleh has been projected as a lottery pick almost from the moment the season began. He averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds.
DODGERS TOP SPENDERS:The Los Angeles Dodgers are ending the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as baseball's biggest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, according to study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press.
New York, which last failed to top the payroll rankings in 1998, was second at $204 million.
Some large-market teams are among the smaller spenders, with the New York Mets and Cubs projected at $89 million, ranked 22nd and 23rd. The White Sox ranked 20th at $91 million. Houston is last at $45 million.
NICASIO HOLDS SOX HITLESS FOR FIVE: Juan Nicasio held the White Sox hitless for five innings, and Jordan Pacheco homered, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
White Sox ace Chris Sale, in his final start before opening day on Monday, gave up six hits and struck out three in 3 2/3 innings.
HAMILTON, ANGELS BEAT CUBS: Josh Hamilton doubled off the top wall, a call upheld by video review, and Raul Ibanez homered as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for an 8-4 victory over a Cubs' split-squad.
Cubs left fielder Junior Lake hit his fourth home run in three days.
Around the horn
Times sportswriter/columnist Al Hamnik will join host Jim Dedelow on WJOB-AM (1230) at 7 a.m. today to discuss region sports and the boys state basketball finals. ... The National Lutheran Basketball Tournament returns to Valparaiso University, running Thursday through Sunday. For details, go to lbaa.org. ... Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car in the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May. ... Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who helped found the American Football League in 1960, died at his home on Tuesday afternoon. He was 95. ... Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread."