High school sports briefs


Here’s ticket info for LP boys tennis regional

La Porte High School will host the boys tennis regional Tuesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 6. The Slicers play Penn on Tuesday and St. Joe plays Chesterton. Matches begin at 4:30 p.m.

Per IHSAA rules, there is a $5 admission charge for the regional. Tickets will be available in advance using the following links, or may be purchased with a debit/credit card at the gate. There will be no cash transactions at the gate.

Tennis Regional
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Wednesday, Oct 6

LP girl runners finish 3rd at invitational

True to the saying, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” junior Brenna Sobecki used the last kilometer of the 5k race to surge from 3rd to 1st place and claim her first individual Duneland Athletic Conference title Saturday at Sunset Hill in Chesterton with a new personal best time of 18:45.

Following close behind was freshman Lila Gillesse’s 3rd-place individual finish and new personal best time of 19:19.

The Slicers used 5 top-35 finishes, including senior Ella Dubbs’ 20th place of 20:32, freshman Faith Spain’s 25th-place finish of 21:09, and senior Ella Minich’s 33rd-place time of 21:39 to earn an impressive 3rd-place team finish overall. This also marked the first time this season the Slicers beat Lake Central in the team competition.

Later, in the reserve race, the Slicers had 4 top-20 finishers, including senior Allison Bender (9th/21:50), freshman Natalie Poston (10/21:52), junior Tatum Bumgardner (14/22:11), and sophomore Megan Lambert (19/22:22).

Next week, the Slicers will compete in the IHSAA Sectional at New Prairie.

Full results may be found at https://thtiming.com/images/2021_dac_girls_v_team.pdf

Slicer boys runners take 2nd at invitational

In the first taste of postseason action, the La Porte boys cross country team showed it’s a force to be reckoned with as it tooko 2nd at the Duneland Athletic Conference Championship Meet at Sunset Hill in Chesterton.

Senior Cole Raymond successfully defended his individual title by leading wire to wire and winning the meet with a time of 15:52. The Slicers had three top-5 finishers in the meet with junior Jay Pillai finishing 2nd with a time of 16:15 and sophomore Brayden Sobecki’s 5th-place time of 16:34. Also scoring for the Slicers were junior Stevie Klimczak with a 19th-place finish in 17:10 and senior Mason Tulacz’s 28th-place finish of 17:29.

Full results may be found at https://thtiming.com/images/2021_dac_boys_v_team.pdf

Next week, the Slicers will compete at the IHSAA Sectional at New Prairie High School.

NP girls golfers compete at state finals

Jaiden Winters, New Prairie ladies’ golf team leader, carded a 90 for the final-day 18 holes at Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel, Ind. Winters shot 45 on both the front and back. Combined with her 91 from day 1, Winters shot an overall 181, placing her in 66th place in the 100-player field.

Bruce Watson, New Prairie coach, praised his team captain’s consistency over the two days on the demanding state course. With many fairway and green side bunkers that captured a few of Jaiden’s errant shots, she was not intimidated.

As a junior, this was Winters’ first trip to the state tournament.
Another local golfer from Michigan City, Taylor Skibinski, shot an excellent 82 and moved up from 43rd place to 34th place on the final day with a two-day total of 166. Taylor, a senior, was playing in her 2nd state tournament.

In the team event featuring 15 teams, Evansville North shot a superb 606, followed by Homestead’s 624.

NP volleyball team wins its invitational

The New Prairie volleyball team won its own invitation Saturday. The Cougars defeated Hebron (25-18, 25-13), John Glenn (25-8, 25-5), Mishawaka (25-23, 25-16) and Marian in the finals (25-19, 25-19).

Sarah Kwiatkowski led with 15 digs, followed by Josie Troy with 13, Haley Robinson 11 and Morgan White 10. Robinson had 38 kills on the day followed by Ellie Michiaels with 20 and Mirabellah Hernandez, 18. Delaney Daniels served up 8 aces, followed by Emma Fleck with 6. Fleck also dished out 70 assists. Michiaels was a force at the net with 10 blocks and Hernandez chipped in 7.

Tournament MVP was Emma Fleck.

NP boys 2nd at NIC championship

The New Prairie boys cross country team placed 2nd in the NIC Championship at Ox Bow Saturday, falling to champion Penn High School.

Leading the Cougars with a first-time all-conference finish was Ethan Walden, placing 4th in 16:42. Earning honorable mention all-conference were Dan Reshan, 16th in 17:30, Brenden Oden, 17th in 17:36, and Dan O’Laughlin, 24th in 17:52. Also scoring for the Cougars was Logan Thibodeau, 26th in 17:56. Other varsity finishers included Kyle Newcomb, 30th in 18:08, and Joe Tuszynski, 47th in 18:50.

NP boys soccer team falls to Elkhart Christian

The Cougars fell to the Eagles of Elkhart Christian Academy, 4-0, in a mistake-ridden Saturday morning game. All 4 Eagle goals came from a Cougar defensive player making a mental and tactical error.

The Cougars outshot, outpassed, and held greater possession than the Eagles, but unfortunately they were unable to finish the ball in the goal. The Cougar offense missed 5 open-net goals and had 3 breakaways that were called back due to being offsides. Francisco Bibian and Brody Kress generated a ton of opportunities, but again, the Cougars kept missing the net.

The Cougars end the regular season with a 6-8 record, a tremendous improvement over last year’s 2-13-1 record.

Ticket information for this week’s Slicer events

Attached is the weekly schedule for La Porte High School and following are links to purchase tickets for Slicer athletic events next week.

Thursday, Oct. 7 Freshman Football – Michigan City

Friday, Oct. 8 Football – Michigan City
Saturday, Oct. 9 JV Volleyball Invite
Tennis Regional
Tuesday, Oct 5
Wednesday, Oct 6

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