Keyona Gardner, Assistant Coach for boys track and field at West Side Leadership Academy, and her husband, West Side’s Head Coach Rob Gardner were high school rivals.
It’s been a long season of intense training and preparation for the region’s high school softball teams. Athletes from all around the area have put in countless hours of practice and drills, hoping to have their best performances when they took to the field at the IHSAA Sectional Championships.
The Chesterton Trojans defeated the Portage Indians 14 - 2 at Chesterton High School on Wednesday evening. Fans of both teams gathered around the softball field. Some stood in the areas around the edge of the field, made muddy from the previous day’s rain. While the area surrounding the field was mucky, the softball diamond was dry and ready for some postseason action.
Four lucky rabbit’s feet– still attached to the rest of the rabbit– bounded across the Portage High School track Tuesday afternoon, moments before trials began for the IHSAA Girls Track Regionals meet.
Competitors from the 13 high schools represented at the event cooed and laughed, welcoming the good omen as they moved through their warm-up routines. Fighting against the strong winds and dark clouds that chilled the air, they renewed their focus with big smiles on their faces.
The 35th Annual IHSAA State Softball Tournament kicked off Monday night at Chesterton High School with Valpo competing against Chesterton in the opening round. The Trojans came out on top of the Vikings with a score of 11-1 through 5 innings. The Vikings could not keep up with the Trojans hits.
A few lingering afternoon rain drops couldn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered at Portage High School Thursday afternoon for the IHSAA Boys Track and Field Sectionals.
As Beyonce says, “Who runs the world? Girls.” At today’s IHSAA Girls Track & Field Sectionals, it was apparent that she is right.
Athletes from ten local schools joined at Chesterton High School to compete. This was the first postseason hurdle to clear for upcoming state competitions. Many of these girls have been working toward this goal since November. For one runner, however, an injury had her sidelined early on.
“I couldn’t even walk,” Steele said.
The Chesterton Trojans won in a defensive game against the Portage Indians in girls softball on Thursday. Both teams showed off a good defense, with the Trojans only scoring in four of the nine innings and the Indians getting no runs the entire game.
“[The Trojans] are a very good offensive team, we need to try and limit them,” said Portage head coach Joylyn Ichiyama before the game, “We need to compete because they are the top of the DAC.”
Under a bright blue sky, eight high school track teams gathered together for the Duneland Athletic Conference Boy’s Track & Field Invitational. Lake Central High School played host to the meet.
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.