Sports Shorts: March 13

March 13, 2019

Slicers girls track competes in HSR Indoor Meet

La Porte’s girls track team made solid improvements from last week in a Hoosier State Relay Indoor Qualifying Meet at Portage Saturday. The Slicers’ Riley Tuerff placed first in both the 60-meter dash (7.87) and 60 hurdles (9.08). Each time have earned Tuerff a trip to Indoor State and her hurdle time is currently ranked No. 1 in the state. The 2 x 200 relay team of Kayla Jones, Andrea Franklin, Aydin Shreves and Tuerff finished second (1:51.18), and the team is waiting to see if they qualify for Indoor State. Jones and Franklin tallied first (16-5 1/4) and second (16-3) in the long jump, and in the shot put, Keatyn Boren claimed first (34-6 3/4). The team will learn more this week as far as which athletes have advanced to Indoor State, but all distances are looking strong.

Slicer Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing

The inaugural Slicer Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be on May 19 at Beechwood Golf Course with registration and lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Information concerning hole sponsorships, or to register a team may be found on the La Porte High School athletic department website, by contacting the LPHS athletic department, or emailing Ed Gilliland at egilliland@lpcsc.k12.in.us.

La Lumiere’s Stewart tabbed to USA Nike Hoop Summit

La Lumiere School’s Isaiah Stewart has been named to the 2019 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team that will play in the 22nd annual Nike Hoop Summit at 9 p.m. CST on April 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual basketball game that pits top U.S. high school senior boys against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players who are 19 years old or younger. Stewart, a University of Washington verbal commit, earned a Gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. Stewart is ranked the No. 4 player in ESPN’s class of 2019.

MC’s Miller, Wright State dancing

Michigan City graduate Michal Miller scored 13 points as Wright State edged Green Bay 55-52 in the Horizon League women’s basketball tournament championship Tuesday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Miller also had five rebounds and two assists for the Raiders (27-6).

City’s Smith tabbed DAC boys swim MVP

Michigan City senior Jack Smith has been named the Duneland Athletic Conference Most Valuable Athlete in boys swimming. Smith won the 100-yard backstroke in the DAC Championships and finished fifth in the state finals in the backstroke, as well as the 100 butterfly. No La Porte swimmers made either team, which Chesterton dominated.

PNW changing women’s basketball head coaches

Purdue Northwest Director of Athletics Rick Costello announced on Monday a change in leadership of the women’s basketball program. “I want to thank Tom Megyesi for his leadership of the women’s basketball program for the past 12 seasons,” stated Purdue Northwest Director of Athletics Rick Costello. “Coach Megyesi’s teams always exhibited class and sportsmanship on the court and were also recognized for their outstanding achievements in the classroom. I wish Tom Megyesi the best in his future endeavors.” During his time with the Black and Gold, Coach Megyesi led his teams to multiple 20-win seasons and appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. A national search for the PNW women’s basketball head coach position will begin immediately.

AAU basketball tryouts Sunday at MCHS

Michigan City High School will host AAU basketball tryouts at 1 p.m. Sunday for boys and girls in grades 3-8. For questions, call 219-809-3997.

La Porte Parks Youth Sports sign-ups

The La Porte Park and Recreation Department continues to take youth boys baseball, girls slowpitch softball, T-Ball and tennis lesson registrations at the Park Office, 250 Pine Lake Ave. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is also available online at www.cityoflaporte.com. Keeping sports fun, especially in the early stages of youth participation, is the primary concern of the park programs. The department promotes participation for all, positive competition and building character, as well as teaching fundamentals and traditions of the game, championing sportsmanship and encouraging family and community support. Visit www.cityoflaporte.com, or call 219-326-9600 for more information. The Park Department offers Need-Based Scholarships to assist youth who do not have the financial means to participate in recreation programs. The scholarship must be applied for by the child’s parent and/or guardian and they must meet the criteria for financial need. To apply for assistance, pick up a scholarship form at the Park Office, or contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov.

La Porte middle school lacrosse seeks players

La Porte middle school lacrosse is looking for more players. Both boys and girls in grades 5-8 can sign up now. For more information, visit www.laportelacrosse.com, laportelax@laportelacrosse.com, or call or text 219-393-9552.