On Tuesday, Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s Parent Advisory Group hosted its 1st Annual Tailgating Party in celebration of all the fall sports, which included cross country, volleyball, football, and gymnastics. This event was created to promote school spirit and to allow students to have a fun outing after school before the big rivalry football games between the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Vikings and the Chesterton Middle School Trojans.
The Valpo Girls Basketball Club will be hosting an instructional basketball league for girls entering grades 1st - 6th this fall and who attend school in Valparaiso. The league will run from July 14th through August 18th on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and be held from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm at Valparaiso High School. Parents can drop their daughter off, or stay and watch the practice sessions and games. Players will be instructed and coached by members of the Valparaiso High School Girls Basketball Coaching Staff and Players.
Our main objective, for our Spring Basketball Academy, is to work on developing our player’s basic skills and teaching them how to play the game. These are the same skills that they will be using with us throughout their careers in the Valparaiso Girls Basketball Program. It is a great opportunity for our younger players to work with the same coaches that they will be coached by in high school.
The Lady Cherokees, coached by Mike Boukis, finished off their season winning 1st place in their tournament Saturday. This is an amazing group of talented young ladies, who have worked hard, as a team, to accomplish this. The Lady Cherokees are undefeated for two seasons in a row. Giving them a 27-0 record.
Excitement filled the air on Thursday evening as Immanuel Lutheran ladies basketball teams hosted crosstown parochial rival St. Paul. The series between the longstanding schools dates back decades.
Valparaiso is a community of some 30,000 people and some change. It’s a mid-size city in Indiana, but it’s got a small town feel when it comes to the connections made here. Everyone knows each other, they talk about Valparaiso with a certain pride you don’t find in other communities, and among the thousands of attributes people here use to describe themselves with (short, tall, banker, receptionist, etc.) there’s one ubiquitous description that bonds this city together:
Saint Paul’s middle school cross country team dominated the CYO Championships. The 5th/6th grade girls team placed first with top twelve finishers: Nicole Cespedes, Maddie Braming, Fiorella Cespedes, Grace Thomas, and Peyton Kovanda 2nd. The 5th/6th grade boys team placed first with top twelve finishers Roman Locke, Jack Behnke, Mike Flynn, Hugo Fagen, Curtis Baum, Danny O’Shea 2nd, and Ethan Kost 1st . The 7th/8th grade girls team placed 2nd with top twelve finishers Dakota Kovanda, Lily O’Shea, Bridget Meccia, and Grace Healy. The 7th/8th grade boys team also placed first with top ten finishers, Garrett Mroz, Bobby Woodburn, Ryan Schlyer, Tommy Cavanaugh 2nd and Jake Tarnow 1st.
If you are interested in your daughter participating, please attend a short meeting on Monday, March 30th, at 6:15pm, in the Ben Franklin Middle School Main Gym.
Valparaiso Head Coach Candy Wilson and her staff will be there to answer questions at that time. You can also contact Coach Wilson at 771-6053 as well.
The Thomas Jefferson Middle School 8th grade volleyball team ended the season with a 7-4 record, coached by Kandel Baxter, German teacher at TJMS and BFMS. A highlight for the team was their 4th place finish at the Dunes Middle School Invitational. On Tuesday, October 21st the girls celebrated their victorious season with a banquet for the team and their families. The following players were given awards at the banquet; Maya Pathaga for most improved, Rachel Vendl for mental attitude and Jacklyn Bontrager for most valuable player. Vendl led the team in assists, Cami Clark and Jacklyn Bontrager led the team in passing and defense and Bontrager with kills, blocks and aces. Overall TJMS had a great season and are looking forward to playing in...
On a crisp fall evening, a tradition was upheld in Valparaiso. Two teams, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School faced off for a special football game. The cross town rivalry between BF and TJ is well-known, so this made for a lively and memorable game.