Local Briefs: Feb. 2
Slicer boys swimming wins at Wheeler
The La Porte boys swimming team carried over momentum from its runner-up finish at the DAC Meet last Saturday with a 105-74 win at Wheeler win on Wednesday. The Slicers set a pair of pool records in the victory in the 200 medley relay (Ben Klimczak, Isaac Temores, Justin Dusza and Jacob Cooper) with 1:42.53, and by Dusza in the 200 IM. Dusza also won the 100 back, while Cooper won the 50 and 100 free races. Temores earned first in the 100 butterfly, while Nate Allen (100 breast) and Braiden Arnett (500 free) also took home first-place efforts.
LP gymnasts down Plymouth
La Porte’s gymnastics team topped Plymouth 97.15-93.05 on Tuesday night on the road. The Slicers’ Sarah Zygmuntowski earned first all-around (34.55), tying for first on vault (8.4), placing first on bars (8.8), first on beam (8.85), and second on floor (8.5). Natalie Aragon finished third all-around with her season-high score of 32.3. She posted second on beam (8.7), third on bars (7.5), fourth on floor (7.9), and sixth on vault (8.2). Madi Mitchell took fourth on both vault (8.25) and beam (7.85). Celeste Barclay recorded fourth on bars (6.75), and Olivia Hubble was sixth on floor (7.45).
In the JV meet, Hubble tallied second on vault (7.25), and Arika Kasper took third on beam (6.95).
Deno’s 51 points lifts PNW to victory
Propelled by the highest single-game scoring effort in program history, the No. 15 Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball team came from behind to top host and No. 24 Olivet Nazarene, 119-105 on Wednesday night.
PNW senior guard Cassidy Deno dazzled with an offensive masterpiece in the win, scoring 51 points on 18 of 24 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 from the 3-point line. Although single-game records were not kept until 2010, the performance topped the previous mark of 45, set by former Purdue Calumet guard Alex Starr in 2012-13. Freshman guard Shae Rhonehouse also netted a career-high with 26 points and eight assists and senior Darien Thompson had 22 points, bringing her just eight points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career. Senior Katie Wampler added 13 points and nine boards.
Purdue Northwest (19-6, 14-2 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) needed every point in the effort as the Pride trailed by five, 55-50, at half and then by one, 83-82, heading into the fourth quarter.
K of C free-throw contest at La Porte High
Knights of Columbus Council No. 1542 Annual Basketball Free-Throw Shooting Contest will be on Sunday at La Porte High School’s Slicer Gym. It’s for boys and girls, ages 10-14. Must bring birth certificate for age verification. (Birthdays of Jan. 1, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2006). Eligibility determined by age of contestant as of Jan. 1, 2017. Registration begins at Noon CST, and the shooting competition begins at 12:30 p.m. Contact Joe Wagner with questions at 219-362-2953.
La Porte High FCA meeting Monday
The La Porte High Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet on Monday at 8 p.m. at the home of Rylee Penzoil, 4222 Ridgeway. The guest speakers will be Jonell and Bryan McKenzie of Springfield, Ill. Jonell is a former Slicer 3-sport athlete and Homecoming Queen, while Bryan is Midwest Director of Football for FCA. All students in grades 9-12 are welcome.
La Porte High Hubner Athletic Hall of Fame induction
Four individuals, Dale Lubs, Bill Reed, Doug Schreiber, and Mark Yates, will be inducted into the Hubner Athletic Hall of Fame at La Porte High School. The ceremony will take place between the JV & varsity boys basketball games against Munster on Friday, Feb. 24.
Fish Lake Property Owners Association Ice Fishing Derby
The 45th annual Ice Fishing Derby, by the Fish Lake Property Owners Association, will be on Saturday from 5 a.m.-4 p.m. CST. It will be at the Fish Lake American Legion, Post 400, 302 Lakeside Drive in Walkerton (Fish Lake), IN, 46574. Contact Shirley Doms at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (219) 369-1235.
Registration for the Ice Fishing Derby, for fishermen, is from 5-10 a.m. CST. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish in each of nine categories. Breakfast and lunch will be available, and free coffee will be available all day. Free Bingo from 12:30-3:30 p.m. CST. A silent auction and raffles will also be provided.
Youth skills challenge to be held at MCHS
NextLEVEL 24 is bringing its Jr. NBA challenge to Michigan City High School on Feb. 11. Youth basketball players will have a chance to showcase their abilities and participate in a skills clinic. One player could win an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City.
There will be four segments: boys ages 13 and 14 will participate from 8 to 9 a.m. Girls of the same age will compete from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Boys 12 and under will go from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and girls 12 and under will participate from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event is free for athletes and $5 for spectators. Pre-registration is not required, but can be completed at nextlevel24.org. For details, call (708) 359-4834.
Crazy Legs 5K run in Michigan City
The Crazy Legs Race Series will hold the Crazy Legs 5K Trail Run at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Creek Ridge County Park in Michigan City. The run will be two loops around the park.
Part of the proceeds will benefit CPR Care Packages for homeless in the area. Started by Dara Grady, the CPR mission is to provide for individuals in need, specifically those without homes in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland region. Basic necessities many of us may take for granted are difficult to obtain for those that are homeless.
The entry fee is $20 per runner, with all entrants receiving winter beanies caps and one size-fits-all gloves. The second race in the Crazy Legs Series will be on Feb. 19 at Bluhm County Park in Westville. For more details on either race or the series, visit www.crazylegsraceseries.info.