The Valparaiso Unified Track and Field team competed in the northern regional at Kokomo High School. The Vikings finished 6th overall missing out on advancing by five points. The Vikings were led once again by their undefeated 4x1 team placing first with a time of 48.21. Jamie Leftridge earned 8 points placing 2nd overall with a jump of 20-06.25. Nicole Bednar picked up 8 points in long jump with a jump of 13-06. Luke Balash placed 2nd overall in the 400m dash with a time of 55.00 and Caleb Yanna placed 2nd in his heat scoring 8 points. The Vikings finished off a great season making it out of their sectional for the 2nd year in a row.
The Valparaiso girls’ tennis team won the Culver Invite Friday with first round win over Ft Wayne Bishop Luers 4-1 and a finals win over Culver Academies 3-2. Alexis Orlich was 1-1, AK Flude 2-0, Julie Wappel 2-0, Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans 1-1, Grace Healy and Aleah Ferngren 1-0 and Grace Healy and Ainsley Grabarek were 0-1. On Monday, the tennis team lost to Munster 5-0. The JV did win six of eleven matches. The girls’ played in the Portage IHSAA Sectional this week defeating the host Indians 5-0 on Tuesday and defeating Wheeler 5-0 on Wednesday to play in the championship game last night against Chesterton. They defeated the Trojans 4-1 to win the Sectional. Congratulations! They will play Penn in the LaPorte Regional on Tuesday, May 22.
The girls’ tennis team defeated 19th ranked Penn on Friday 3-2. #1 singles Alexis Orlich, #2 singles AK Flude, and #3 singles Julie Wappel were are victorious. The JV won 4-3. They lost to conference rival Chesterton on Monday 3-2. #3 singles Julie Wappel and #1 doubles Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans were victorious. The JV lost 6-5. They defeated Lake Central 4-1 on Tuesday. #1 Alexis Orlich, #2 AK Flude, #3 singles Julie Wappel, and #1 doubles Ema Gilliana and Keeley Evans were all victorious. They defeated Merrillville 5-0 on Thursday. Alexis Orlich, AK Flude, Julie Wappel, Keeley Evans, Ema Gilliana, Ainsley Grabarek, and Grace Healy were all victorious. The JV won 10-3. The Varsity is now 10-3 and the JV is 12-3.
The boys’ golf teams hosted golf tournaments at the Valparaiso Country Club this past Saturday. The Varsity was victorious defeating Penn, Granger Christian, Elkhart Memorial and Michigan City. Andrew Karr was medalist with a 77. Mark Civanich finished second and Michael Smith third. The JV team placed second in their invitational. On Tuesday, they hosted Morgan Township and South Central at Forest Park. The Vikings were victorious on both the Varsity and JV levels. Hayden Dickerson, Trent Risetter, and Ben Kroeger led the way in the Varsity match finishing first, second, and third respectively. On Tuesday they defeated conference foes Lake Central and Michigan City at Forest Park. Michael Smith took medalist honors with a 39 and Mark Civanich and Zach Holmes tied for second with a 40. The team travelled to...
Last the Valparaiso Vikings hosted their Inaugural Unified Track and Field meet. The meet consisted of 8 different teams from the area. A few key performances for the Vikings were: the 4x100 meter relay team of Jeremiah Leftridge, Jamie Leftridge, Marco Traino, and Eddie Curry turning in a blistering 48.04. In the 400 m dash Colin Walls with a 1:01, Jorge Apollo with a 1:11, and Connor Imhoff with a 1:16. In the long jump Luke Balash jumped 17’5” and Lexi Riale 10’10”. In the 100 m dash Nick Taskoff ran a 19.11, Hayley Taylor a 22.93, and Devinn Johnson a 23.61. Job well done for all of our Unified athletes.
In the first tennis match of the spring, the girls’ team defeated Culver Academy on Tuesday 4-1. Alexis Orlich, AK Flude, and Julie Wappel all one their singles matches and Ema Gillian and Keeley Evans won their doubles match. The JV defeated Culver 9-2.
The winter sports awards ceremony was held on March 14th. The MVP’s for each sport were Julia Amones from Vikettes, Jacklyn Bontrager from Girls’ Swimming and Diving, Rachel Moneta from Gymnastics, Emma Nieto from Cheerleading, Brandon Newman from Boys’ Basketball, Ryan Hrosik from Boys’ Swimming, Ian Dembowski from Wrestling, and Ari Gerdt from Girls’ Basketball.
The gymnastics team scored a season high 113.7 to take second at the Sectional. The Vikes had solid performances throughout the meet, with highlights including Jenna Algozine winning Uneven Bars (9.625), Rachel Moneta on Beam (9.55, 3rd), Whitney McKeon and Moneta 4th and 6th All-Around, Lizzy Wilson on Vault (9.65, 3rd) and floor (9.6, 2nd), Megan Wagenblast on Beam (9.2), and Sabrina Falk on Vault (9.05). The Vikings are ranked #2 in the State and will host the Regional meet Saturday at 1:00 in the Main Gym. At stake is a trip to the State Finals at Ball State University. Come on out in your Viking green and help our team "Make it Happen!”
We want to welcome a brand new readership to the Viking Sports Report. From August 2017 until now this weekly summary of VHS athletic events had been published to VCS staff only on Friday mornings. With this edition we are including all of our VCS families. The purpose of the Viking Sports Report is to provide a weekly summary of the multitude of athletic events our freshmen through varsity teams compete in. Additionally, we include a calendar of events for the upcoming week. We hope you enjoy reading about the successes of our VHS student-athletes.
VHS girls’ basketball senior Ari Gerdt has received an invitation from Hoosier Basketball Magazine to attend their Top 60 workout. This is the selection showcase for the Indiana All Star team. Congratulations Ari and best of luck!