For the Chesterton Trojans, their season-ending 49-42 defeat at the Class 4A IHSAA Regional brought a wave of mixed emotions.
Saturday night’s IHSAA Sectionals Championship game between the Chesterton Trojans and the Valparaiso Vikings was not just your average sectional title game; it was also a heated rivalry between two conference foes. After a 67-30 defeat at the hands of the Vikings just a little over two weeks ago, the Trojans responded with their first Sectional title in 32 years, bringing rowdy fans from across Northwest Indiana to witness history in the making.
Gymnastics requires balance. Whether on the floor, the beams, the bar, or the vault, balance is the key to success in this sport. It also extends off the mats as students learn life lessons in balance: balancing academics with athletics, balancing social schedules with meets, and balancing personal goals with the sisterhood of their team.
Purdue commit Brandon Newman led Valparaiso High School on Friday night with 29 points in a dominate display of basketball against the Kankakee Valley Kougars. From the tip-off to the final seconds, this game was Valpo’s.
Despite their record this season, the Kougars showed up with lots of energy as they looked ready to disrupt the Vikings quick, high-caliber offense early on in the first quarter.
With a chance to play in the sectional championship game on the line, and a packed Portage High School gymnasium, the Trojans arrived ready for battle, beating Michigan City 36-28. The teams matched earlier in the season, so both coaches arrived familiar with each others style and most importantly, playcalling.
After a chippy and defensively focused first quarter, the Trojans lead just 12-6.
The Valparaiso Vikings exploded onto the court Wednesday night with a super strong defense that carried them to a solid 49-31 win over the Merrillville Pirates. The Vikings advanced to the semifinals and will play Kankakee Valley on March 1.
After an extremely intense and thrilling regular season, many of the region’s best teams came into the postseason hungry to take home the sectional crown and make a deep run in the tournament.
The stakes were high Saturday afternoon as hundreds of high school gymnasts across Northwest Indiana competed individually and as a team at the Girls Gymnastics Sectionals to earn a spot in the IHSAA Regional Competition. Although the high-stakes event brought extreme stress for most, some spectators sat back and enjoyed watching the hard work of each gymnast shine during their performances.
All around the Region, student athletes and coaches are putting in long hours of training and practicing as IHSAA tournaments are quickly approaching. On Saturday afternoon, the swimming and diving teams from around the Region joined together to compete at the Sectional Championships at Chesterton High School.
Rivals Valparaiso Vikings and Chesterton Trojans Excite the Crown at the Region’s own Crosstown Classic
The stands were full to the rafters Friday night as the Valparaiso Vikings boys basketball team welcomed the Chesterton Trojans for the big rivalry game of the year. Valpo ultimately took home the win with a final score of 67-39.
Game after game, the boys and girls of the Region’s sports teams show how to face a challenge with grace, grit, and determination. When the Portage Indians walked onto the court Friday night for the varsity boy’s conference game against the Chesterton Trojans, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The Trojans showed up with strong stats and were eager to get to the top of the conference standings. Both teams were unrelenting in their resolve to win, but ultimately, the hard work and fierce spirit of the Trojans brought them to victory with a final score of 70-39.