STRONG FINISH AGAINST THE 59ER’S

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The varsity volleyball team dominated the Andrean 59er’s in the first home game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 20. The Indians broke in the new gym by winning the game in three sets, with scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-23.

“We’re loving [the new gym] right now. The lighting is amazing, and it’s a privilege to be playing here. We’re adjusting to the depth and the size of the gym, but we’re welcoming that with open arms,” Coach Tina Tinberg said.

The excitement from the new gym carried on in the girls’ level of play. Jacqueline Eader (12) led the team with nine kills. Victoria Gardenhire (12) followed closely with seven kills and 12 digs. Samantha Anderson (12) also had 12 digs and six kills.

“We took [Andrean] down in three [sets]. We played amazing in the first set. [We] had a couple letdowns in the second and third, but nothing to panic about. We kept our composure and finished strong. I thought Tori Gardenhire, Sam Anderson and Jackie Eader were phenomenal in the front line,” Tinberg said.

With a veteran team of seven seniors, the Indians are hopeful for strong season.

“I was expecting us to mix pretty well. We have a lot of seniors so I know it’s going to be a good year, and we’re all really prepared for the season,” Eader said.

The volleyball team will take on the Highland Trojans on Monday, Aug. 24.

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ST. MICHAEL’S FUN FEST

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People gathered in the parking lot of St. Michael Parish in Schererville on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8 for the annual St. Michael Parish Fun Fest . From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., people of all ages could enjoy food, live entertainment, games, a raffle and more.

“I helped sell raffle tickets for the ‘Mega Raffle.’ If [someone] bought a ticket and won, they had a chance to get put into another raffle that would have money prizes,” Ellie Chandos (11) said.

Chandos and other members of St. Michael’s youth group, Radiate, volunteered to help with various things around the fun fest. The fest is put on by St. Michael Parish every year to raise money for the church and to provide a chance for people to come together and enjoy what it has to offer.

“At church they announced that they needed some extra help with the games, so I volunteered. I love volunteering, and my favorite part was seeing the little kids get excited to pick out their prizes.  One boy was jumping up and down because he got a jump rope,” Lauren Gronek (11) said.

Aside from members of the church going to help out, some had other reasons to attend the fest.

“A couple of my friends were talking about going [to the fest] so I decided to go with. The dancing was the best part because so many people were just having a fun time,” Maja Vidovic (11) said.