Sports Shorts: Jan. 9
Westville boys fall to Calumet
Josh DeChantal posted 16 points and seven rebounds but Westville was no match for Calumet, falling 66-44 in boys basketball Tuesday. Jace Woods and Jose Jenkins added nine points each.
Slicers girls swimmers fall
La Porte’s girls swim team lost 125-51 at Crown Point on Tuesday night. The Slicers’ Abigail Roberts earned first in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free.
LP boys swimmers drop contest
La Porte’s boys swim team fell 130-50 at Crown Point on Tuesday night. The Slicers’ Graham Siefker claimed first in the 100-yard backstroke (59.13), and Toy Hayes won diving.
NP depth prevails in girls swimming
New Prairie won just five events but used its depth to overcome South Bend Clay 102-81 in a girls swimming meet Tuesday. Madison Waltz (500 freestyle, 6:39.6), Allie Harris (50 free, 27.78), Erin Johnson (100 free, 1:04.18) and diver Savanah Keldsen (198.85 points) were individual winners. Waltz and Harris joined Amber Neuhols and Harmony Gadacz in taking the 200 medley relay in 2:15.69.
Cougars boys crush Clay in swimming
New Prairie took every event in a 139-32 boys swimming victory over South Bend Clay on Tuesday. Conner Snyder was a two-event winner with firsts in the 500 free (5:35.99) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.84) and helped the 200 medley relay (1:53.41) and 400 free relay (3:41.99) to wins. Papai (200 free, 1:59.61), Dalton Thomas (50 free, 22.12), Eggleston (100 back, 1:00.44) and Roman Piergalski (100 butterfly, 1:05.81) all picked up individual victories with Papai and Thomas swimming on two winning relays. Other top showings were posted by diver Nolan Szymanski (192.5 points), Neiman Graham (200 individual medley, 2:41.2) and Mason Young (100 free, 51.98).
Slicers Comfort Closet taking donations Friday
The La Porte High School Comfort Closet is accepting donations during the Slicers varsity boys and girls basketball games versus Chesterton on Friday. Bring a personal care item to support the closet and receive a free Slicer T-Shirt while supplies last. Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, and toothpaste will all be accepted. The comfort closet provides personal care items to students at LPHS free of charge. It allows students to anonymously get what they need to feel their best and be successful.
Marquette changes hoops schedules
Marquette’s girls and boys games against Kankakee (Ill.) Bishop McNamara on Saturday have been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The Blazers girls will play Chicago Simeon at 5:45 p.m. at Kenwood Academy in Chicago. The JV teams will play at 3:30. The boys game will be made up against an opponent to be determined.
Emma Nolan, Noveroske share honor
Marquette’s Emma Nolan and Michigan City’s Hannah Noveroske have both been named IBCA/Subway District 1 Player of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan. 5.
Nolan, who is being honored for the second time this season, scored a career-high 38 points to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as the Blazers (15-1) knocked off previously-unbeaten Hammond Noll 78-55. The St. John’s commit made 12-of-23 field goals, 4-of-8 3s and 10-of-11 free throws. Nolan ranks ninth in the state in scoring (23.4), eighth in free throw shooting (86 percent), 15th in 3-point shooting (42 percent), 41st in blocks per game (1.9) and 69th in rebounding (9.1).
Noveroske scored 60 points and nabbed 31 rebounds in two games, including 40 points in an 85-28 rout of Bowman Academy during which she broke the Michigan City career scoring record of 1,609 (Ta’Kenya Nixon, 2009) on her final basket. The Xavier commit also blocked 13 shots in the two games and was a combined 20-of-26 from the field and 22-of-31 from the line for the Wolves (13-5).
Glenn girls hoops bests O-D
John Glenn’s girls basketball team outlasted Oregon-Davis 37-34 in Hamlet on Tuesday night. Bethany Hayden registered 13 points for the Falcons (10-7), who held the Bobcats 25 points below their season average. Morgan Plunkett recorded 11 points, and Raegan Romer scored seven. Mercedes Rhodes paced O-D (9-7) with 14 points, and Katie Sauer was right behind with 11 points. Glenn led 15-5 after the first quarter and beat the Bobcats at home for the first time since 2004.
Dunes Youth Volleyball Club sign-ups
The first session of the Dunes Youth Volleyball Club for players from 3-year-old to sixth graders will be from Jan. 12-Jan. 26. You can sign up by visiting the Dunes Web page: http://www.dunes.org/camps-and-clinics/. This Dunes Volleyball Club program assists youngsters with not just volleyball skills, but also lifelong athletic skills. This program will include: speed and agility training, hand-eye development with ball, introduction to the sport of volleyball, emphasis on teamwork, hustle, fun, and tons more. You do not have to be a member of Dunes Volleyball Club to participate in its youth club. It’s on Saturdays at the Dunes Events Center, 110 Clear Lake Blvd., La Porte, from Jan. 12- Jan. 26. Below is the schedule: Volley-Tikes- 9-10 a.m.- Boys & Girls 3-5 years old- Cost: $20. Volley-Tots- 9-10:15 a.m.- Boys & Girls 1st-2nd grades- Cost: $25. Newcomers- 9-10:15 a.m.- Boys & Girls 3rd-4th grades- Cost: $25. Level 2- 9-11 a.m.- Boys & Girls 5th-6th grades- Cost: $50.
Fazekas earns MVC award again
Valparaiso University junior forward Ryan Fazekas (Chesterton/Marquette) repeated as the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after leading the Crusaders in a pair of wins to open conference play last week. Against Illinois State, Fazekas battled back from first-half foul trouble to score 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half. In the win at Missouri State, he matched his season high with six made 3-pointers for a team-best 18 points. Fazekas leads the MVC in 3-pointers/game (2.9) and is hitting at a 43.4 percent clip from the arc on the season.