MERRILLVILLE, HOBART BOYS GAME RESCHEDULED: The upcoming boys basketball game between Merrillville and Hobart has been rescheduled to allow fans to attend Merrillville's girls basketball sectional games. The boys game will now be held Feb. 19, at Merrillville.
REGIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: The Lake Central athletic department will be selling tickets to Saturday's girls basketball regional at Valparaiso. Tickets will be sold Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enter the high school through door "A."
Tickets are $10 each and include admission to all of Saturday's games. Single-game tickets will only be sold at the door.
BEARS SIGN CORNERBACK: The Bears announced the signing of cornerback LeQuan Lewis, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He recorded four tackles with the Cowboys and Bucs in 2012, intercepted a pass and defended two passes. He also rank the ball for 106 yards on five kickoff returns.
RAILCATS OFFERING VALENTINE'S DAY PRIZES: The RailCats are holding daily contests on their Facebook page with prizes ranging from candies to a free night in a luxury suite at a RailCats game during the 2013 season.
Fans must "Like" the RailCats on Facebook to be eligible to win.
BROEKHOFF, CAPOBIANCO HONORED: Valparaiso's Ryan Broekhoff has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while Bobby Capobianco has been chosen the co-Newcomer of the Week.
Broekhoff is being honored for the fourth time this season after pacing the Crusaders in a pair of wins last week. He scored 22 points, including 19 in the first half, when he hit five 3-pointers, in just 25 minutes against UIC. He then posted 15 points and four steals against Cleveland State. Broekhoff becomes just the second Horizon League player in the last 12 years to earn at least four Player of the Week honors in the same season, joining Norris Cole, who picked up five weekly awards in 2010-11.
Capobianco shared the Newcomer of the Week award with Wright State's Jerran Young after nearly posting a triple-double off the bench against UIC. The redshirt junior fashioned a line of 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against the Flames, becoming the first Division I player to reach those marks off the bench in nearly five years. Capobianco then added 13 points in just 13 minutes against Cleveland State.
SSC HOSTS COMMUNITY NIGHT: South Suburban College will host Community Night today when the Bulldogs host Malcolm X College's women at 5, followed by the men's game against Trinity Christian's JV at 7.
All residents, business owners and employees in South Suburban College District 510 and Northwest Indiana will be admitted for free. There will be prizes and raffles during the game. For details on Community Night, call men's coach John Pigatti at 708-586-2000, ext. 2524.
NIKE CO-FOUNDER BLASTS FREEH REPORT: Nike co-founder Phil Knight has issued a statement blasting the Freeh report's characterization of Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the child sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Following the release last year of former FBI director Louis Freeh's report, Knight issued a statement saying he was saddened that Paterno apparently made missteps that led to "heartbreaking consequences."
VU RECRUIT AN ALL-AMERICAN: Valparaiso commit Morganne Longoria has been named a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American, one of just 150 players nationwide, as well as one of just six liberos, to receive the honor.
Longoria earned First Team All-State honors as a senior, leading Burlington (Wis.) to its fourth straight Division 1 state appearance and second consecutive state championship. Longoria has also been named to the Prep Volleyball "Defensive Dandies" list in each of the last two years.
TEN CRUSADERS EARN FALL ACADEMIC AWARDS: Valparaiso placed a Horizon League-high 10 student-athletes on the 2012 fall academic all-league teams.
The list includes Kevin Miller, Todd Vervynckt and Kyle Zobeck (men's soccer), Sarah Dooms, Lindsay Hauch and Taylor Root (women's volleyball), Rachel Hoaglin and Kristen Manski (women's soccer), David Rutkowski (men's cross country) and Jessica Richardson (women's cross country).