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.
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.
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.
The Michigan City Wolves and the La Porte Slicers battled each other in the opening game of the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) competition on Wednesday afternoon. The rivalry has existed for many years and was tested once again. The crowd filed into their seats on a sunny day to witness the exciting hit fest hosted by the Slicers. The game started off close, but the Slicers opened up the lead and topped the Wolves 11-2 in five innings of play.
The La Porte High School Winter Color Guard won the Scholastic Open Class at their contest Sunday, March 17th. The contest was sponsored by the Midwest Color Guard Circuit and held at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, IL. Complete results of the Scholastic Open Class were as follows:
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.
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 stakes were high Saturday afternoon as hundreds of high school gymnasts across Northwest Indiana competed individually and as a team at the Girls Gymnastics Sectionals to earn a spot in the IHSAA Regional Competition. Although the high-stakes event brought extreme stress for most, some spectators sat back and enjoyed watching the hard work of each gymnast shine during their performances.