Valparaiso drops the season finale to Drake

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Valpo drops Finale: Valparaiso had a chance to end their season with a .500+ record on Saturday. However, the Beacons struggled in the freezing cold at Brown Field, falling 24-0 to Drake. With the loss, Valparaiso ends the season with a record .500 in Pioneer Football Conference play. It’s the third straight season that the Beacons have ended the season with at least one tied record in the conference. Drake opened the scoring with an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter and didn’t look back from there.

Young tender Happ: The Chicago Cubs offered All-Star outfielder Ian Happ a contract for next season, part of a series of moves. Happ fielded his first All-Star team last season and won his first Gold Glove. The Cubs also offered contracts for infielders Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal, and reliever Codi Heuer. They agreed on 2023 contracts with assists Rowan Wick and Adrian Sampson to avoid arbitration with both pitchers, and demanded infielder Rylan Bannon waivers from the Atlanta Braves.

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Sox releases three players: The Chicago White Sox have declined to offer 2023 contracts to outfielders Adam Engel and Mark Payton and infielder Danny Mendick. Engel batted .224 with two home runs and 17 RBIs last season. Mendick hit a .289 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 31 games before tearing the ACL in his right knee on June 22. Payton was 3 for 21 over two stints with the White Sox last September.

Hickey deserves honors: Valparaiso libero Emma Hickey earned two awards on Saturday. The Beacons freshman was named to both the All-MVC Second Team and the MVC All-Freshman team. Hickey finished the season first in the conference in digs at 5.73 per set. That number was also good enough for fourth place nationally. She led all freshmen in digs with 200+ points, without another freshman player in the top 60 digs per set.

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