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Viking Sports Report, November 3 - 11, 2017

The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams travelled to Terre Haute this past Saturday for the IHSAA State Championship meet. The girls’ finished in 12th place. Senior Logan Ferngren finished in 8th place earning All-State honors in a time of 18:21. Ava Gilliana finished 46th, Hannah Fitzgerald 83rd, Emily Worthington 130th, Julia Arnold 134th, Sarah Worthington 155th, and Elena Kipp 162nd. Great season ladies!

On Saturday, October 28, the Boys' Cross Country team was in Terre Haute, IN to take part in the fourth and final round of the IHSAA postseason tournament, the State Championship Meet. Facing off against 23 of Indiana's best teams and 40 of the state's top individuals, the eighth ranked Vikings competed exceptionally well on the hilly, challenging Indiana State University course. In 16th place as a team after the first kilometer, the Vikes went to work during the middle of the race, moving quickly through the 200-man field, and with just over a halfmile left, were closing in on the top five teams and a spot on the podium. Showing a lot of heart, the Vikings finished hard and passed a combined thirty-three runners in the final stretch to claim fourth place overall! It was the team's best finish since placing third in 2012. Way to go!

Racing for the Vikings at the State Finals this past Saturday were Collin Huber (36th, 16:08.4), Carlos Martinez (44th, 16:13.1 *Course Best*), Nate Smith (55th, 16:17.1 *Course Best*), Jack Acton (62nd, 16:21.8 *Course Best*), Matt Cavanaugh (119th, 16:43.2), Carl Frey (129th, 16:49.6), and Nick Tonne (141st, 16:56.4 *Course Best*). Nice job, boys! We are proud of you!

This past Saturday marked the 10th year in a row, and 44th time overall, that the Valparaiso High School Boys Cross Country team has competed in the State Championship Meet. The Vikings are tied with Carmel for the most All Time Cross Country State Meet appearances. By virtue of their fourth place podium finish, the Vikings now move into second place on the list of All Time Top 10 finishes and third place on the list of All Time Top 5 finishes. Congratulations to all team members on a fantastic and unforgettable 2017 season!!

The football team ended their season on Friday night with a 13-0 loss to Penn in the Sectional. Congratulations on a fine season! They finished with an 8-2 record and the Duneland Conference Championship.

The boys’ soccer teams volunteered last week at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Halloween party. Fifty-seven members of the team and coaches had a great night assisting and having fun with the members.

The girls’ Varsity and JV basketball teams kicked off their season last evening at Hobart. The JV won 39- 10 and the Varsity won 80-22. Leading the way for the JV were Sarah Cavanaugh with 7 points and Annelise Rubin and Kiana Oelling with 6 each. For the Varsity, Aleah Ferngren had a double-double of 14 points and 10 steals to lead the Vikings over the Brickies. Ari Gerdt also scored 14 points. Taelynn Oelling added 11. The Vikings host Kankakee Valley on Tuesday for their home opener. The Freshmen team host KV on Monday night. Come join us for another exciting season of Lady Viking basketball.

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