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Sports Shorts: Oct. 15

October 15, 2018 GMT

Area Football Sectional draw

The IHSAA announced pairings for the football sectionals, which begin this week. In area play, La Porte travels to South Bend Adams in a Class 5A sectional opener, while Michigan City hosts Munster in that same sectional. Both the Slicers and Wolves get byes on Friday, so they’ll each play their sectional openers on Oct. 26. If La Porte and City then win, they’ll play each other in the sectional final on Nov. 2 in La Porte.

New Prairie faces South Bend Washington on the road in the first round of a Class 4A sectional on Friday, while South Bend St. Joseph meets Kankakee Valley in another opener of that sectional. South Bend Clay and South Bend Riley play in the first round, and Mishawaka faces Hobart in another opener of that sectional. All of those first-round contests will be on Friday.

South Central travels to West Central in a Class A sectional opener on Friday, and North Judson/LaVille meet in another first-round game in that sectional. Triton/Culver meet in the top part of that bracket, and Winamac/Caston play in another opener. All of those first-round contests will be on Friday.

M.C. golf pair earn All-DAC honors

Michigan City’s Lia Thomas and Taylor Skibinski have been named to the All-Duneland Athletic Conference girls golf team. Thomas was the program’s first state qualifier and Skibinski a sectional champion. Portage’s Olivia Wood was the MVP. Also for M.C., Emma Sells earned Academic All-State honors from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) and Honorable Mention Academic All-State honors from the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association (IHSGCA). Emily Gushrowski received Honorable Mention Academic All-State recognition from both the ICGSA and IHSGCA.

Youth girls basketball league at La Porte High

A girls basketball league at La Porte High School’s fieldhouse is being held Nov. 3-Dec. 8 on Saturdays from 8-10:30 a.m. The dates are Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8. There’s no league on Nov. 24. It’s for girls in grades K-8th that attend any La Porte school. Become a better basketball player and make new friends. Cost is only $30 and includes a T-shirt. All sessions meet at La Porte High School’s fieldhouse. Register by Oct. 31. Receive league info via remind texts. Make checks payable to La Porte girls basketball. Send to: coach Walker, 602 “F” Street, La Porte, IN 46350.

La Porte Elementary Wrestling Club

The La Porte Elementary Wrestling Club is for any male or female student enrolled in La Porte Community Schools in grades K-5. Students will be provided with the opportunity to learn and compete in the sport of wrestling. Fundamentals in athletics and gymnastics, basic strength training, and body control will be the primary focus as students develop wrestling-specific skills. Students will have the opportunity to compete in individual tournaments and team dual meets.

Practices will be in two sessions from November 2018 through February 2019. Join anytime. Session 1 will be Nov. 6-Dec. 20. Session 2 will be Jan. 8-Feb. 28. Practices for session 1 will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Practices for session 2 will be from 5-6:30 p.m. It’ll be at LPHS. Enter “I” St. Entrance. Practices will be in the wrestling room on the upper deck of the main gymnasium. Bring a T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes or gym shoes.

Each session is $75 individually, $100 if signing up for both sessions. Family discounts available. Make checks payable to La Porte Wrestling. Additional cost for participation in tournament competitions. Sign up anytime, email lkuzdas@lpcsc.k12.in.us to express interest, or contact them through their Facebook page: LaPorte Wrestling.

Buddy System: Bring a friend with you to practice to create a more enjoyable experience.

Wrestling Camp: They’ll also host a wrestling camp throughout the month of March. Camp will be a more inclusive session for all levels of ability. Details will be made available in February. Any questions can be answered at practice, or you may email Coach Kuzdas at lkuzdas@lpcsc.k12.in.us. Like us on Facebook: LaPorte Wrestling.