The Valparaiso Vikings notched another conference win onto their season Friday night, impressing a huge home crowd with a 62-47 victory over a strong Merrillville Pirates squad. It was a turbulent game, with momentum swinging each quarter. Valpo coach Barak Coolman knew he and his team could not afford to take the Pirates lightly.
“They’re a good group, well coached, and they always play hard,” Coolman said. “They’re always a team you’ve got to worry about especially once it gets to the end of the season.”
It was Hoosier Hysteria in a packed Kouts gymnasium, where the Annual Porter County Conference Tournament attracted some of the most hardcore basketball fans in the Region.
When looking back on the most memorable experiences of high school, many people remember squeezing into bleachers with bags of popcorn as they rooted for their favorite team to rebound, dribble, and alley-oop their way to victory. Basketball in the Region has become a culture of brotherhood, comradery, and community. Friday night’s game where the Valparaiso Vikings took on the Portage Indians showcased Northwest Indiana’s powerful basketball culture.
The bleachers at Valparaiso High School were full of cheering fans as the Vikings walked onto the court with an 8-4 season to face the Indians with a 7-4 season. Both teams knew what they were up against, seeing the fight, passion, and skill in the other team and preparing for a great game.
The Valparaiso girls basketball team snapped a 6-game losing streak in a nail-biter against La Porte at home Friday night, pulling off a 55-53 win in the last few seconds.
The Vikings trailed the Slicers for most of the first half but kept the game within reach for a second half that saw the score tipping back and forth like a ship in choppy waters.
For LaPorte, the Ott sisters combined for 29 points with Senior Point Guard Riley Ott making 6 of her 7 free throws.
A successful football season left the Valpo Vikings short three starters to open their basketball season Friday night, but the Vikings still came out on top with a 76-27 win over the Hobart Brickies.
Over the last 10 years, Ideas in Motion Media has captured the growth and evolution of the Valparaiso High School Football team, among various Viking sports. Through all the ups and the downs, it is no doubt that history has been made, all captured through the art of photo and video. Travel through time with the #VikingNation by visiting the multitude of galleries available from the last ten years.
Friends celebrated, fans cheered in excitement, and families hugged at the Regional Championship between the Valparaiso Vikings and the Crown Point Bulldogs. In one of the most memorable and exhilarating games in the Region’s history, the crowds leapt from their seats at Valparaiso High School’s football stadium to watch the Vikings take the title of Regional Champions.
Fall is a busy time for high school sports, and the Ideas in Motion Media team are out covering the action throughout the Region. Soccer may not get as much attention as football or basketball, but it’s full of kids playing their hearts out and striving for just as much perfection.
If you love to cheer, come show your school spirit by participating in the annual VHS Junior Cheer Clinic! Learn cheers, jumps, and dances from the Varsity Cheerleaders, and then perform during the 1st half of the Varsity Football Game on September 14th, 2018!
This Friday night, the Valparaiso High School football team will be playing their HOME OPENER against the La Porte Slicers. With this being the first home football game of the year, we wanted to share some basic information regarding Friday night:
The Valparaiso Unified Track and Field team competed in the northern regional at Kokomo High School. The Vikings finished 6th overall missing out on advancing by five points. The Vikings were led once again by their undefeated 4x1 team placing first with a time of 48.21. Jamie Leftridge earned 8 points placing 2nd overall with a jump of 20-06.25. Nicole Bednar picked up 8 points in long jump with a jump of 13-06. Luke Balash placed 2nd overall in the 400m dash with a time of 55.00 and Caleb Yanna placed 2nd in his heat scoring 8 points. The Vikings finished off a great season making it out of their sectional for the 2nd year in a row.