On Wednesday, March 20th, the VHS Athletic Office will hold an informational meeting for all current 8th grade student-athletes and their parents. The meeting will take place in the VHS Main Gym and will begin at 6:00pm.
Future VHS student-athletes and their parents are encouraged to attend this event. Presentations will be made by the Athletics Office and VHS coaches.
Each Boys’ and Girls’ basketball team that plays CYO in grades 5-8 were to hold a free throw competition during one of their practices. The winner from each team then went to the CYO Free Throw competition on Sunday at St. Bridget's in Hobart, hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Players were grouped by grade and boys were separate from girls. Each free throw specialist got two warm-up shots that didn't count. After that, they shot 10 free throws. The number each child shot was recorded to determine the winner. CYO gave medals for 1st and 2nd place.
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The Benjamin Franklin Vikings had another beautiful start to their season against Crown Point Wheeler. The team couldn’t have asked for better weather at Rogers Lakewood Park on this sunny Tuesday afternoon. Almost all teams came out with a win, and the teams who didn’t fell just short.
The 6th grade boys’ team was defeated with a score of 40-21. Tyler Vallareal came in second overall with his person best time of 8: 37. Collin Miller and Nick Wagenblast scored for the team and were in a close race coming in 6th and 7th. Andrew Rhode and William Roberts also helped score for the team.
There was a commotion at Tower Park. What was going on? Why are all these kids there in gym clothes and running shoes? I’ll tell you why: This is the Mileage Club! Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools teamed up to provide a summer running program for the middle schoolers.
What the kids do in the program is keep track of how many miles they run during the summer and try to meet specific goals depending on how many years that they have been in the club. If a child meets his or her goal, then they get a cool t-shirt!
Thomas Jefferson Middle School student Jordan Counter recently learned that he has qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas. Counter, who is going into seventh grade, will be competing in the high jump event on July 31.
“When I found out, I just felt very honored,” he said. “It’s the Olympics, but for youth. I was amazed.”
The Benjamin Franklin Middle School girls’ 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls swept the Lake-Porter Conference track and field meet over the weekend, with each grade finishing atop their conference opponents by a wide margin.
- Ben Franklin- 144
- Colonel Wheeler- 93
- Willowcreek- 62
- Taft- 54
- Thomas Jefferson- 46
- Hobart Middle School- 39
- Fegely Middle School- 27
In Noblesville on May 5 & 6, the 6th grade team won first place and the 7th & 8th grade teams finished in 2nd place.
Teams from all over the state competed and all 3 teams ended the two tournaments with a combined record of 29 wins and only 5 losses! Each tournament consisted of 3 Pool Play games on Saturday and a single elimination tournament on Sunday. Schools that competed include: Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton SE, Pike, Noblesville, Zionsville, Ft. Wayne Carroll, Shelbyville, Westfield, Columbia City, Munster to name a few. The competition was fierce and Valparaiso proved they can compete at the highest level.
The St. Paul Catholic School (Valparaiso) 5th grade girls basketball basketball team finished a perfect season 14-0. They were the Northwest Indiana CYO Conference Champs and NWICYO Diocesan Tournament Champs."
Names of the girls in the photo are: (L to R Back row: Sammie Farrall, Gracie Farrall, Katie Sullivan; Front row: Carli Milroy, Cassandra Ryder, Ava Staph, Claire Brogan, Alecia Wichlinski; Not pictured: Bianca Thiros; Coaches Jack Brogan, Tom Milroy and Greg Farrall)