Four lucky rabbit’s feet– still attached to the rest of the rabbit– bounded across the Portage High School track Tuesday afternoon, moments before trials began for the IHSAA Girls Track Regionals meet.
Competitors from the 13 high schools represented at the event cooed and laughed, welcoming the good omen as they moved through their warm-up routines. Fighting against the strong winds and dark clouds that chilled the air, they renewed their focus with big smiles on their faces.
The 35th Annual IHSAA State Softball Tournament kicked off Monday night at Chesterton High School with Valpo competing against Chesterton in the opening round. The Trojans came out on top of the Vikings with a score of 11-1 through 5 innings. The Vikings could not keep up with the Trojans hits.
A few lingering afternoon rain drops couldn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered at Portage High School Thursday afternoon for the IHSAA Boys Track and Field Sectionals.
As Beyonce says, “Who runs the world? Girls.” At today’s IHSAA Girls Track & Field Sectionals, it was apparent that she is right.
Athletes from ten local schools joined at Chesterton High School to compete. This was the first postseason hurdle to clear for upcoming state competitions. Many of these girls have been working toward this goal since November. For one runner, however, an injury had her sidelined early on.
“I couldn’t even walk,” Steele said.
The Chesterton Trojans won in a defensive game against the Portage Indians in girls softball on Thursday. Both teams showed off a good defense, with the Trojans only scoring in four of the nine innings and the Indians getting no runs the entire game.
“[The Trojans] are a very good offensive team, we need to try and limit them,” said Portage head coach Joylyn Ichiyama before the game, “We need to compete because they are the top of the DAC.”
Under a bright blue sky, eight high school track teams gathered together for the Duneland Athletic Conference Boy’s Track & Field Invitational. Lake Central High School played host to the meet.
Hobart High School senior Elena Polizotto set a new Northwest Crossroads Conference record Tuesday evening with her first place, 11’3” pole vault. She and fellow Hobart athletes competed in the NCC Track & Field Championships alongside representatives from Lowell High School, Andrean High School, Highland High School, Munster High School, and Kankakee Valley High School.
Lake Central took first place out of eight schools on a chilly night at the DAC Girl’s Track and Field Invitational Tuesday evening at Valparaiso High School. All of the events showcased the passion and dedication of the teams and its athletes.
The Valparaiso Vikings rallied behind their pitcher during their Tuesday night duel with the Portage Indians, taking a 6-2 win thanks to timely hitting, and a complete game performance by starter Ryan Troxel.
The Indians and the Vikings duked it out once again on Portage’s softball diamond Wednesday night. The game did not disappoint, including late game rallies by both sides. The score was 7-5 going into the last inning before the Vikings put up six additional runs, making the score 13-5 going into the bottom of the 7th. Portage’s response was putting up five runs in a late rally. Both teams played with determination as the game was on the line and abilities were tested.