Sports Digest: Valpo grad Koeppen to be inducted into NFHS Hall

2013-06-25T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:49:11Z Sports Digest: Valpo grad Koeppen to be inducted into NFHS Hall
June 25, 2013 9:15 pm

Prep baseball

GERACI MAKES ALL-STATE: Illinois Lutheran junior Sam Geraci was named to the Illinois Class 1A all-state team.

Geraci was 4-1 with a 0.20 ERA and 60 strikeouts. He also batted .500 and was the River Valley Conference Player of the Year.

LOPEZ TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME: Washington senior Jesse Lopez will play for the Chicago Public League against the New York Public Schools Athletic League in an all-star game at 10 a.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium.


Prep sports

VALPO GRAD KOEPPEN TO BE INDUCTED INTO NFHS HALL: Valparaiso High School graduate Chuck Koeppen is one of 13 individuals who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations National High School Hall of Fame on Thursday in Denver.

Koeppen, the coach for men's cross country and track and field at IUPUI, is one of five coaches in the group to be honored.

Koeppen, who retired from Carmel in 2008, spent 37 years as coach of the Greyhounds, winning 23 IHSAA state titles, the most by any coach in all sports in Indiana high school history. He led the boys cross country teams to 11 state championships, the girls teams to 11 titles and the boys track and field team to the top spot in 2000.

Also in the 2013 Hall of Fame class are Joe Theismann and Chauncey Billups.


College football

CHESTERTON'S BROWN EARNS ANOTHER PRESEASON HONOR: Saint Francis junior safety Taylor Brown, a Chesterton graduate, is a second team selection to the 2013 Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-America Team.

Brown, who led the Cougars in solo tackles (49) last season, was recently named to the 2013 Sporting News College Football Preview Magazine All-America Team.


College sports

TILLER HEADLINES PURDUE'S NEXT HALL OF FAME CLASS: Former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller and three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light will headline the school's new nine-member Hall of Fame class.

Tiller coached the Boilermakers from 1997 through 2008, winning a school record 87 games and leading Purdue to the Rose Bowl in 2000.

Light played on the Rose Bowl squad, then became a fixture on an offensive line that led New England to three Super Bowl titles.

The other inductees are 1950s basketball star Willie Merriweather; Stacey Lovelace, a women's basketball player who played on the 1994 Final Four team; All-American running back Tony Butkovich; Alpha Jamison, a multi-sport star in the 1890s; former field hockey coach and longtime administrator Carol Mertler; NCAA javelin champion Serene Ross, and administrator Dick Walbaum.

Induction is scheduled for Sept. 28.


College baseball

UCLA CAPTURES FIRST CWS TITLE: Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs; Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball, 8-0 Tuesday night.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament. Vander Tuig (14-4) struck out six and walked one.

UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.


Pro basketball

DREAM TOPS FEVER: Erika De Souza scored 17 points and Angel McCoughtry added 16 to lead the surging Atlanta Dream to a 76-60 victory over the struggling Fever on Tuesday.

The Dream, winners of four straight, lead the WNBA with a franchise-best 8-1 record.

Shavonte Zellous finished with 18 points and Karima Christmas had 16 for Indiana, which dropped to 1-7. The Fever are without injured scoring threats Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas, who have back injuries. The seven-game losing streak is Indiana's longest since its inaugural season in 2000.

The defending WNBA champions had just eight available players, with Catchings sidelined for the second straight game and Douglas out for the sixth.

PACERS BEGIN SEARCH FOR NEW ASSISTANT COACH: Pacers coach Frank Vogel hopes to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff quickly.

Less than 15 hours after word leaked that Vogel's top assistant, Brian Shaw, had been hired as Denver's new head coach, Vogel told reporters Tuesday that he's already got a list of potential candidates to replace him.

The news broke three days before the NBA draft and less than a week till free agency opens.

CLIPPERS FINALIZE RIVERS HIRE: Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers' new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.

The Clippers finalized the championship-winning coach's move from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and reversals.

Boston will get a future first-round pick from the Clippers for Rivers, who went 416-305 and won the 2008 NBA title during nine seasons with the Celtics.


Around the horn

The Valpo Soccer Club will hold tryouts for an Indiana Soccer League under-14 team at 6 p.m. today and Thursday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso. The team will be coached by Danny Jeftich and Scott Bartlett. Interested players should contact Bartlett at (219) 309-7765 or ... Colts receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference is staking a claim to New York City by adding the Pinstripe Bowl to its postseason lineup. The conference and the Yankee Stadium bowl game have agreed to a six-year deal that starts in 2014.

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