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Someone to Keep An Eye On: Alex Kukurugya


Alex didn't seem interested in sports when he was younger. Never even watched a football game on TV. In his very first wrestling match ever, in the 6th grade, he lost by a pin so his career didn't exactly have a rousing start. I don't remember what his records was in the 7th grade, but he was selected BF wrestler of the year. His size began to sprout.

He is now 6'3" and 205 pounds. In the 8th grade his record was 18-0 with 3 forfeitures and 15 pins. In 2 of his matches he wrestled against opponents in the next higher weight class and pinned them. He won the 210# conference championship. His coach recommended that he join club wrestling in the off-season to improve his techniques.

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Immanuel Lutheran School Hosting Zumba Party for Elementary, Middle School Students and Parents


Immanuel Lutheran School, at 1700 Monticello Park Drive Valparaiso, is hosting a ZUMBA party Sunday, January 29, from 2:00-3:00pm in the gym.

Interested in Zumba, but never given it a try? Here's your chance to join the dance movement that is popular the world around! Come join the PTL for an afternoon of fun and exercise. Lead by certified Zumba instructor Mrs. Jaime Bachman. $10 adult, $5 children K - 8, max family rate of $15.

All proceeds will aid PTL's efforts to support new classroom initiatives and student learning. Questions about the event call 462-8207.

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St. Paul 8th Grade Volleyball Team Takes 1st Place at CYO Tournament


The St. Paul 8th grade girl's volleyball team took first place in the 2011 CYO tournament this past Saturday at St. John The Baptist School in Whiting. They finished the 2011 season undefeated.

Front: Rachel Stark, Sami Cavanaugh, Belle Bravo, Caitlin Haas.
Middle: Natalie Gruszka, Katie Buynak, Lauren Mack, Nicole Huth, Annie Rastovski, Anne Clark, Sophie Kaminski
Back: Asst. Coach Barb Mack, Head Coach Sally Clark.

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Fun Volleyball Season Comes to An End


St-Paul-5th-Grade-VolleyballWritten by Coach Brogan

Congrats to our girls!! We had a great year! The 5th grade girls volleyball team included Claire Brogan, Alyssa Graegin, Mary Horn, Sarah Huth, Katy Poncher, Kaitlyn Sayers, Bianca Thrios, and Jamee West. They were coached by Mary Joe Jaime and Dee Dee Brogan. Although 2-8 in regular season play, we peaked when it counted!! Making it to the FINAL FOUR in tournament play!! We all learned a lot and had tons of fun!! We'll be unstoppable next. Go "TEAM AWESOME"!!

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Benjamin Franklin vs. Thomas Jefferson: "A" Teams Face Off


TJ vs BF football A rainy start to the game was in place this evening as Thomas Jefferson Middle School faced off against Benjamin Franklin. The rain lasted through much of the first quarter and partly into the second but thankfully moved out of the area shortly after. In the beginning of the first quarter BF scored a touchdown putting the score at 7-0.

Benjamin Franklin had quite a good run in the second quarter with two touchdowns, one with one minute and thirty-one seconds left on the board and later another with thirty seconds remaining, upping their lead to 21-0. In the third and fourth quarter TJ held very good defense against BF holding them in place and keeping the final score at 21-0.

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TJMS vs BFMS Football "B" Game: Winners Either Way!


Thomas Jefferson Middle School "B" Team hosted this year's football game at the Viking Arena against their cross town rival, Benjamin Franklin Middle School on October 17, 2011.  Thomas Jefferson was decked out in their green uniforms, with Benjamin Franklin dressed in their white uniforms.  Some of the players were even sporting pink as part of their uniform for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Both teams were pumped up and ready for the show to start the moment they walked onto the field.

Steve Osburn: Unsung Leader in Valparaiso Youth Sports


Steve Osburn. He's a math teacher and athletic director at Ben Franklin Middle School. He's coached football for 34 years. Basketball for 20+ years. He hosts summer and winter open gyms 3-4 days out of the week. He's coached AAU basketball teams in the spring for the last 15 years and led his players to summer camps at Depauw and Indiana Wesleyan. His response to the loaded schedule of coaching and leading youth sports?

"It's like anything else, it's a hobby. Some people golf, some people do this and that. It's just my hobby," said Steve Osburn in his laid-back, casual tone.

This year will actually be the first year that he will coach  both boy's and girl's basketball in the same season. Apparently the seasons only overlap by 3 weeks, commented Osburn, but "it will be a new challenge, but one I'm looking...

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Viking Volleyball Teams Win Two of Three from LaPorte


The Valparaiso High School volleyball teams hosted the LaPorte High School Slicers on October 5, 2011, with two of the Vikings’ three teams emerging victorious over their Duneland Athletic Conference Opponent.

The varsity team was able to improve their record to an outstanding 24-2 on the season (11-1 DAC) by eking out a 5-game, 29-27, 22-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-9, win over the Slicers, one of the few 5-game matches Valpo has played in all season.

Kills: Brigid Scannell 18, Carrie Clark 17, Sara Clark 11
Assists: Tarrah Lasky 58
Service Aces: Tarrah Lasky 3
Digs: Kate Workman 42, Carrie Clark 27, Brigid Scannell 19
Solo Block: Sara Clark 4
Block Assits: Sara Clark 3, Brigid Scannell 2, Carrie Clark 3, Madison Olsen 2

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Panthers Compete at Viking Invitational


st-paulWritten by Coach Lyp

We have the results from the Viking Invite meet on Thursday, September 22nd. All of our runners did a GREAT job and we coaches were very proud! Congratulations to the kids who made it "on the truck" this year: Christian Sayers, Mary Stazinski, Jacob Sherman, Brenden Gerig! We had teams for 6th and 7th grade - the 6th graders took 6th place overall. Our 7th Grade boys took 4th overall. There were 11 schools competing.

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Viking Invite Hosts Middle School Cross Country Teams from All Over Northwest Indiana


On Thursday, September 22, 2001, Thomas Jefferson Middle School played host to several middle schools from all over Northwest Indiana to participate in the Viking Invitational cross country meet.

All of the middle schools participating formed a bright, beautiful display on a fall late afternoon, and we’ve posted over 1,000 photos on to our site, featuring runners from every school. You can see all of the boys photos by clicking here, and all of the girls photos by clicking here!

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St. Paul 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Wins 3rd Andrean Tournament


St. Paul 8th Grade girl's volleyball team won the annual Andrean Volleyball Tournament. This is the third year that they've won this tournament. In 2010, as 7th graders, they played in the 8th grade division and won as well. This team is currently 3-0 in the CYO league, with a goal of winning the CYO tournament for the third time in four years. They are a very talented group of girls with multiple players to watch out for heading into high school.

Names in photo: Belle Bravo, Sami Cavanaugh, Katie Buynak, Lauren Mack, Coach Mack, Rachel Stark, Annie Rastovski, Sophie Kaminski, Annie Clark, Natalie Gruszka, Caitlin Haas, Nichole Huth

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