Purdue Calumet outside hitter Gab Martin

Purdue Calumet outside hitter Gab Martin is the Peregrines' top hitter with 86 kills this season.

Purdue Calumet's Gab Martin is hoping to use the gift of gab one day.

The sophomore volleyball player is interested in possibly becoming a play-by-play announcer.

"When I was little, I would watch sports with my friends and I wold talk, describe the game," Martin said. "I developed in interest in broadcasting."

She hopes to maybe do some Purdue Calumet men's and women's basketball games to get some experience.

"I know the athletic department is looking to put together (highlight) videos of games, and I would like to maybe be involved in that," Martin said. "I love sports and being an announcer would allow me to stay in sports."

As for on the court, Martin is the Peregrines' leader in kills (91). In last week's win over Indiana Northwest, the Kankakee Valley grad had a .714 attack percentage with no errors and 10 kills. She said the program under coach Julie Wiejak is turning the corner.

"We won 10 matches last year and I think we will improve more this year," Martin said. "I knew (Wiejak) from when she coached at Andrean. We played them quite a bit, because they were in our conference. When she got the job (at Purdue Calumet), I wanted to come and play for her."

Lion pride: Purdue Northwest's nickname will be the Pride athletic director Rick Costello said.

He said a logo, which will include a lion, should be unveiled my mid to late October.

Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central universities will unify on July 1, 2016.

Zimny moving on: Calumet College women's volleyball and softball coach Stephnie Zimny said she is resigning immediately to become an assistant softball coach at Kent State University.

"It was tough to tell my players on both teams. While they were sad to see me go, they were happy for me," Zimny said. "I didn't realize I had made such an impact in my six years here."

Zimny, a Highland and Calumet College grad, said moving to a Division I program is a big step, but she is excited.

"I will get to concentrate on coaching and I am looking forward to it," Zimny said. "At a smaller school, a coach does everything, but I certainly loved the experience I got at Calumet College."

Big weekend in Rensselaer: The St. Joseph's College football team lost 17-0 at Alderson Broaddus (W. Va.) last week. The Pumas will not only have their home opener Saturday against William Jewell (Mo.), but it is also homecoming.

"We learned some things in the loss and we just have to get back at it," Pumas defensive back Jamyl Scott said. "We know we just have to play together as a team and just keep our focus on William Jewell."

Pumas soar past Flyers: The St. Joseph's College men's soccer team defeated Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Lewis University 1-0 on Sunday, the Pumas first win against the Flyers since 2011. It was also the first time in three seasons that St. Joseph's scored against Lewis.

Fast start: Despite falling to Loyola (Ill.) in the championship of its Popcorn Classic, Valparaiso University (10-1) is off to its best start in the program's history.

The Crusaders broke a tie they had shared with the 2003 and 2013 teams. They defeated Toledo in four games Tuesday.

The Crusaders head to Terre Haute this weekend for the Indiana State Classic. They play Chicago State on Friday, then Western Illinois and the host Sycamores on Saturday.

Off to South Bend: The St. Joseph's College and Calumet College men's and women's cross country teams will compete in Friday's National Catholic Invitational at Notre Dame.

Competition takes place in four divisions. Tthe Crimson Wave will compete in NAIA, while St. Joseph's will compete in Division II.

"We are looking to get faster times and I feel it will be a good race for us," Calumet College coach Rick Torres said. "We ran OK at St. Francis, but our legs were tired, so I am hoping we are recovered and ready to go."


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