Hobart High School senior Elena Polizotto set a new Northwest Crossroads Conference record Tuesday evening with her first place, 11’3” pole vault. She and fellow Hobart athletes competed in the NCC Track & Field Championships alongside representatives from Lowell High School, Andrean High School, Highland High School, Munster High School, and Kankakee Valley High School.
Lake Central took first place out of eight schools on a chilly night at the DAC Girl’s Track and Field Invitational Tuesday evening at Valparaiso High School. All of the events showcased the passion and dedication of the teams and its athletes.
The Valparaiso Vikings rallied behind their pitcher during their Tuesday night duel with the Portage Indians, taking a 6-2 win thanks to timely hitting, and a complete game performance by starter Ryan Troxel.
The Indians and the Vikings duked it out once again on Portage’s softball diamond Wednesday night. The game did not disappoint, including late game rallies by both sides. The score was 7-5 going into the last inning before the Vikings put up six additional runs, making the score 13-5 going into the bottom of the 7th. Portage’s response was putting up five runs in a late rally. Both teams played with determination as the game was on the line and abilities were tested.
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.
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.