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Hummel Leads the Boilermakers over Kentucky Wesleyan


Former VHS star Robbie Hummel scored 14 points and eight rebounds against Kentucky Wesleyan in a 74-52 victory at Mackey Arena.

With the game well in-hand, Hummel, who scored 12 points in 14 minutes in the first half alone, while the other Boiler starters did most of their damage in the first half, when Purdue got off to a 34-20 start. JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore scored eight and six points in the game, respectively.

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Harangody Named a Candidate for Senior CLASS Award


Irish senior forward Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) has been tabbed as one of 60 men’s and women’s basketball candidates (30 men, 30 women) for the 2009-10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — classroom, character, community and competition. This marks the ninth year that the award has been presented in basketball.

Recently named the top vote-getter for the preseason Associated Press All-America Team, Harangody also was...

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Men’s Basketball Ranked Seventh In Both Preseason Polls


The Purdue men’s basketball team will open the 2009-10 season ranked in the top 10 of both major polls, garnering the No. 7 spot in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today preseason rankings on Thursday.

The No. 7 ranking marks the Boilermakers’ first preseason top-10 nod from the AP since the organization listed them ninth prior to the 1997-98, a span of 11 seasons. Purdue, which narrowly missed the AP preseason top 10 last year with a No. 11 ranking to start the campaign, is also ranked the highest by the AP that it’s been since receiving No. 2 billing prior to the 1987-88 season.

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Hummel Named To Naismith Award Watch List


Purdue junior forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as one of only 50 players from across the nation to earn a place on the Naismith Trophy 2009-10 preseason watch list, released on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The watch list was compiled by the club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on players’ performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2009-10 season. The 50-player watch list featured 33 upperclassmen, including 19 seniors and 14 juniors.

Hummel’s...

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Hummel Makes Preseason All-Big Ten as Boilermakers are Picked Second


Returning all five starters from a team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago, defending Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue has been picked to finish second in the league this season in a vote by a 24-member media panel.

The league also announced on Thursday that junior forward Robbie Hummel has been chosen as part of the five-man Big Ten Preseason All-Conference Team. The selection is the second in as many years for Hummel, who ranked fourth in the league in rebounding and 15th in scoring last season with averages of 7.0 and 12.5, respectively.

Tickets On Sale for VHS Basketball Legends Roundtable


Tickets will be available at the Valparaiso High School Bookstore, Air One Aerial Photography, Blythe’s Sport Shop, Valpo Velvet, Cavanaugh Orthodontics, Valparaiso Family Dentistry, BuffaLouie's, along with various other locations around town.

The Valparaiso High School Basketball Legends Roundtable event will take place on Sunday, October 25th at 4:30PM at Boucher Gymnasium in Ben Franklin Middle School.

Purdue Men's Basketball Schedule Finalized


The Purdue men’s basketball team finalized its 2009-10 slate on Wednesday with the announcement that it will face Ball State in the John R. Wooden Tradition on Dec. 19, and welcome Buffalo to Mackey Arena on Dec. 5 in BSU’s original slot on the schedule.

“Even though this was essentially a wait-and-see process for us, we’re happy to have the schedule finalized heading into practice this week,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “We’ll be playing two teams who were both at the top of their divisions in the MAC last year, so both should be quality games and good experiences for our...

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Colts or Bears: Let’s Hear From You


Valparaiso has an interesting location when it comes to rooting for an NFL team. We’re just an hour and a half away from Soldier Field and the Bears, but many are loyal to Indiana and the Colts.

So, let’s hear from you, Valpo! What team are you rooting for each Sunday? If it’s 12:00 on a Sunday and the Colts are on CBS and the Bears are on Fox, who are you watching? Who is your team, Valpo?

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Study: Perceptions Might Often Kick Players When They are Down


Just like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, kicking a football through goal posts can be an elusive task, according to Purdue University research.

"People trying to kick field goals will see a much smaller goal after unsuccessful attempts," said Jessica K. Witt, an assistant professor of psychological sciences who studies perception in athletes. "But those who kicked better judged the goal posts to be farther apart and the crossbar lower to the ground."

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The Chicago Cubs are Driving Me Mad


Last weekend, the Cubs' playoff hopes were officially eliminated. While they have conceivably been out of contention for weeks, Saturday night made it official: The '09 playoffs were out of reach. The Cubs had such high hopes coming in to this season on the heels of back-to-back division championships. They had their stellar pitching staff returning, aadeep bench, and they finally found their middle-of-the-order, left-handed bat in Milton Bradley. Unfortunately, the season turned out to be a relative disaster. While their pitching staff held together most of the season (in spite of all their injuries), the offense just could not find a groove all year.

So on Sunday, I...

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Samardzija Homers, Improves in Loss to Brewers


In his second start in his young major league career, Jeff Samardizja got his first hit- a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Samardzija improved from his first start, going five strong innings, giving up three earned runs off of five hits. He also had three strikeouts and one walk over 82 pitches.

Unfortunately, Samardzija took the loss, as the Cubs fell to the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The Cubs record currently stands at 78-33, with their “tragic number” (number of games until they are eliminated from playoff...

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