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Calumet College men's bowling team

The Calumet College men's bowling team won the program's first Tier 1 tournament recently when it captured the Midwest Collegiate Championship in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Calumet College men's bowling program took a huge step forward when it began its season by winning its first Tier 1 tournament in the program's history.

The Crimson Wave won the Midwest Bowling Collegiate Shootout in Wauwatosa, Wis. during the first weekend in October. Coach Mike Kubacki said there are not many Tier 1 tourneys, so the win is a plus for the program.

"When you go out and recruit, you can tell the kids that you beat the best in the country," Kubacki said. "I think it gives us some confidence and something to build on with a young team."

Seniors Joe Bowers and Matt Kuba led the way. Bowers was fourth overall with a 222 average and was named to the all-tournament team. Kuba averaged 211.

Soaring Peregrines: The Purdue Calumet men's soccer team received three votes in the latest NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The Peregrines were 9-1-1 overall and 5-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference before Wednesday's late conference match at Cardinal Stritch.

Andres Ayala leads the team with 10 goals as nine different Peregrines have scored this season. Cristian Garcia and Nicolau Monteiro have four goals each.

Tough road ahead: The Valparaiso men's soccer team is in the midst of a five-match road swing, and played at No. 23 New Mexico Wednesday in the third of the five matches. Crusaders coach Mike Avery said this is the may be the hardest road trip in program history as the team is also at Northern Kentucky on Saturday and at Michigan on Monday.

"New Mexico is a perennial Top 20 program, and has recently been to the Final Four and is a regular NCAA participant that plays in a Top 10 home attendance venue," Avery said. "Northern Kentucky is currently at the top of the Horizon League, and Michigan is a high major program that is having a good year. Three games in six days, all on the road — especially these three — would challenge any team in the country."

The Crusaders (6-3-2, 2-1-1 Horizon League) recently had a four-match winning — and eight-match unbeaten — streak snapped with a 3-1 road loss to Wright State.

"We went eight unbeaten and the team maybe grew a bit complacent, but we then learned some hard lessons at Wright State," Avery said. "This team can be very good, but the margin for error is small in college soccer and we can not lose sight of the details."

VU's Berrington reaches milestone: Valparaiso volleyball player and setter Kesley Berrington hit the 1,000 dig mark on Oct. 2 vs. Oakland (Mich.).

Earlier this season the senior surpassed the 3,000-assist mark.

The Crusaders (17-4, 4-2) concluded a five-match home stand Tuesday with a nonconference win over Chicago State. They have a pair of weekend Horizon League road matches at Cleveland State on Friday and at Youngstown State on Saturday.

Big finish in Iowa: Led by Roger Malonda's eighth-place finish (26:48), the Calumet College men's cross country team finished sixth at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational in Davenport, Iowa.

Miguel Flores was 27th (28:06).

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