High school sports briefs


Cougar girls cross country places 5th at Penn Invitational


The Lady Cougars cross country team placed 5th out of 13 schools Saturday at the Penn Invitational in hot and humid conditions. Frontrunner Lillian Zelasko led the Cougars and bested everyone in the field after battling and overcoming Homestead’s leader Addison Knoblauch in the last mile.

The Cougars’ scoring 5:
Lillian Zelasko – 1st – 19:03
Audrey Henning – 33rd – 23:53
Ilayna Baltes – 42nd – 24:28
Elaine Zelasko – 45th – 25:00
Emma True – 50th – 26:05

New Prairie boys finish 7th at Penn Invitational

The New Prairie boys cross country team finished 7th in a field of 15 teams at the hot and humid Penn Invitational Saturday.

Scoring for the Cougars were Brenden Oden, 25th in 18:18; Ethan Walden, 32nd in 18:30; Dan Reshan, at 40th in 18:39; Dan O’Laughlin, 52nd in 19:03; and Kyle Newcomb, 56th in 19:11.

LPHS girls take 3rd at Lake Central invitational

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The La Porte girls cross country team continued to gain ground on top teams in the region by finishing 3rd out of 8 teams at the Rudy Skorupa Invitational at Lake Central High School with 78 points.

Individually, the Slicers ran to a 1-2 finish with Brenna Sobecki taking the individual title with a time of 19:39 and Lila Gillesse finishing 2nd overall, finishing in 20:13. All of LaPorte’s remaining scorers, including Ella Dubbs (16/21:26), Ella Minich (29/22:18), and Lilly Burke 30/22:20), earned top-30 finishes.

LPHS boys runners take 2nd at Lake Central Invitational

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The La Porte boys cross country team took a close 2nd out of 8 teams at the Rudy Skorupa invite at Lake Central High School, earning 66 team points, on Saturday.

Individually, the Slicers earned their first canes ever as awarded to the top 3 finishers. Jay Pillai took the individual title, winning with a time of 16:49. Also earning a cane was Brayden Sobecki, who finished in 3rd place with a time of 16:51. Overall, the Slicers braved the scorching weather conditions and had 5 top-30 performances, including Stevie Klimczak (11/17:39), Mason Tulacz (22/18:09) and Preston Peterson (29/18:28).

Cougar gridders dominate in 52-3 win over Twin Lakes

New Prairie amassed 554 yards of total offense while holding Twin Lakes to 126 yards and only six first downs in a 52-3 home victory Saturday night.

Junior Noah Mungia lead the Cougar running attack with 227 yards on 24 carries, five for touchdowns. Sophomore Brock Sinka ran for 107 yards on four carries, two for touchdowns.

Defensively, New Prairie successful stopped the run for the second week in a row. Juniors Tayvion Ortman and Nathan Andrysiak each recovered a fumble. Ortman led New Prairie with seven tackles, followed by senior Grant Jarka with six.

New Prairie defeats Westville in girls soccer

The lady Cougars picked up their first win of the season with a 5-0 victory at Westville on Saturday.

Picking up her first win, Emma Lewis played a strong game in goal, coming out often to stifle any offensive opportunities for the Blackhawks. The Cougars had a strong offensive game as well, controlling the game up front with forward Macarena Fedriani opening up the Blackhawk defense with some nice passing.

Once again, the Cougars’ goal scoring was paced by Emily Stachowski with 2 goals, followed by Brynn Smith, Catelyn Naragon and Claudia Ruiz, who each had 1 goal.

Overall the Lady Cougars played one of their strongest games of the season.

Trinity defeats New Prairie in boys soccer

The New Prairie boys soccer team fell to the Titans from Trinity by a score of 8-1 on Saturday.

New Prairie started the game off well, holding Trinity scoreless for the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately heat and injuries started to make a difference, causing New Prairie to go down 4-0 at the half.

The 2nd half started out well, with Brody Kress earning a penalty kick and Jordan Vesper converting the kick and scoring his first high school goal. The score remained 4-1 until 20 minutes into the 2nd half, where again the heat and humidity just wore down the New Prairie defense and 4 goals were surrendered in the last 20 minutes of the game.

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