TOUGH LOSS AGAINST LAPORTE

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The varsity baseball team played a close game against the LaPorte Slicers on Tuesday, April 28. The Indians played nine innings total, finishing off with a score of 5-4 in favor of LaPorte.

Joseph Graziano (10) pitched the first five innings and was followed by Bryan Vanderlee (12) for the last four.

“I did decent. I had two runs in five innings. It’s not too bad, but I could have done better. It’s only two runs, but I should have given up zero,” Graziano said.

The Indians were leading 3-1 in the fourth inning, but the score was tied 4-4 by the sixth.

“We played a pretty good game. They played good. [They’re] just a good baseball team. There were a few mistakes here and there that kind of cost us, but that’s just how it goes,” Graziano said.

The Indians will face off next against Chesterton at home Thursday, April 29. The boys will use this tough loss to prepare for the next game.

“We will take the positives out of this game, put them into the next one and fix the little mistakes that cost us games. A little mistake here and there is what makes us lose. If you play a good team you can’t make little mistakes, or it will cost you the game like it did [for us],” Graziano said.

VARSITY INDIANS DEFEAT MUSTANGS 17-7

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The varsity baseball team put up a battle against Munster on Saturday, April 11. This game kept fans on the edge of their seats, with the Indians making a huge comeback and defeating the Mustangs 17-7.

The Indians had a slow start, with a score of 7-2 Mustangs in the third inning. A home run by Ian Gifford (11) brought in 3 more runs, raising the score to 7-5 Mustangs in the fourth inning, but gave the Indians a fighting chance.

“I think we all did a good job of just hitting the ball and trying our best to come back from a 2-7 deficit, but I’m pretty proud of the way I played. I definitely felt good [after my homerun]. It kind of put us back in the game, and was just a good way to get momentum going,” Gifford said.

Lake Central scored nine runs in the fifth inning alone, more than Munster scored total. The 17-7 victory raised their record to 4-1.

“We just want to compete. [Next game] we’re going to run a different lineup out because that’s just what we do until we find the nine that fit the best. We want to play hard. We’re trying to learn who is who, trying to learn about us right now and not trying to worry about anyone else,” Coach Jeff Sandor, English, said.

Q&A: MRS. SANDOR

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Q:  How long have you been working at Lake Central?

A:  [I have been working here] for 25 and a half years.

Q:  What what will you miss after working here for so long?

A:  A lot of the people I’ve met, that’s the thing I’m going to miss most about this. I mean there’s a lot, but I’ve worked with some of these women for the whole time. I went through them having kids, and we went through our first grandkids together, and our kids getting married, and things like that.

Q:  What changes have you noticed over time?

A:  The big changes are probably in all the change in what we can serve and not serve. We used to sell fries, and pizza puffs, and deep fried stuff. We’ve had to change our menus around a lot and try to find things that the students like because they weren’t happy when the changes started.

Q:  Do you have a favorite memory from your time here?

A:  [My favorite memory is] when the baseball team won State. [There was] so much excitement, and my son’s the coach.

Q:  Do you have a least favorite memory?

A:  I don’t think so. Nothing that I could think of off-hand. Probably at the time there was something I wasn’t crazy about but I can’t think about it now because now is a good time and I’m thinking of all the good times.

TERRIERS AND TROPHIES

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Dog-lovers everywhere were filled with joy during the 2015 World Dog Awards on Monday, Feb. 23. The awards show, hosted by George Lopez, included performances, awards, popular video clips and more.

“I love dogs. I was flipping through channels and saw the dog show so I decided to watch it, and I really liked it,” Cara Scott (10) said.

Awards were given out to dogs in categories such as Best in Film, Top TV Dog, Supporting Actor to a Dog and Dog of the Year. The prize for the winners was a golden hydrant statue.

“[My favorite was] when the dog from “Modern Family” won award. It was so cute,” Hannah Souronis (10) said.

The World Dog Awards also contained sections that promoted humane animal treatment and adopting animals who need a home from shelters.

“I think it was a really cute idea because it was mostly for awareness on animal abuse and stuff like that. [It encouraged] buying pets from shelters instead of just buying them from places like Petco,” Souronis said.

FALLING SHORT IN SECTIONALS

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The Indians took a tough 61-45 loss in the Sectional game against Munster on Tues., March 3. There had been a back-and-forth rivalry against Munster in Sectionals for years, with the Indians winning two of the last three Sectional games against them.

“We didn’t play our best game, and they played really good. We scouted them pretty well and we knew most of their plays, but they just outplayed us,” Gage Ray (11) said.

Although the game ended in defeat, more players who usually do not get as much playing time got in the game.

“[When I played] I was still kind of nervous. It was packed, and [with] all the fans watching you, you just get nervous. But I’m glad I got in, [it was my] first Sectional,” Joseph Graziano (10) said.

The season did not end on a very positive note, but it was not a bad season overall. The Indians finished off with a record of 13-10, including strong DAC wins against Merrillville, La Porte and Portage.

“With losing so many guys last year and having so many new faces, I think our kids did a pretty overall good job this year. I was proud of the progress they made, which I don’t think was evident possibly in this last week or two. But nonetheless, [it was] a great group of kids to work with,” Coach Dave Milausnic, West Lake, said.

CONQUERING THE COUGARS

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The varsity girls basketball team faced off against the Gary West Side Cougars on Wednesday, Jan. 14.  The Indians dominated over the Cougars with a final score of 75-65.

“It was a fun game against two good teams, and it was a fun game to play. I thought we played well. We did some of the things that we needed to do to try to contain Dana [Evans (10), Westside].  We had to prove to ourselves — that we were capable of doing the little things, and I think we did that for the most part,” Coach Marc Urban, Physical Education, said.

With the Indians ranked Number 1 and Cougars ranked number 2 by the Times of Northwest Indiana, the two teams had been predicted to be this year’s toughest competition in the area.  Lake Central beat West Side in the regular season last year, but lost to them in Sectionals. This game provided a chance for the Indians to avenge the previous loss; however, the team knows to continue working hard for future sectional games.

“It was really a preview to our games in February, since they’re in our sectional, and they’re one of the better teams in our sectional.  We were just hoping to play well and get ready for that next game,” Coach Andy Gurnak, Physical Education, said.

The Indians’s strong defense and disciplined offense assisted them in their victory. Four of Lake Central’s players finished with double figures, including Tara Zlotkowski (12) with 20 points, Lindsay Kusbel (12) with 19 points, Ashley O’Malley (12) with 15 points and Rachel Bell (11) with 13 points.
The Indians face off against Portage next at home on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

JE SUIS CHARLIE

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Inhabitants of Paris, France, and people around the world were shocked by a terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, 2015. The magazine included cartoons, reports and jokes that often poked fun at various social and religious figures and groups.

On the first day of attack, Jan. 7, extreme Islamic gunmen killed a total of 12 people, which included five cartoonist-journalists, two officers, a copy editor, a columnist, and others.  In the two following days, five more were killed, making a total of 17 losses. The publication of a provocative image of Islam’s prophet Mohammed was the reasoning behind the attack.

While some thought that Charlie Hebdo did push the limit on how offensive their publications were, many supported the fact that France grants the freedom of speech to their citizens.  If publications similar to Charlie Hebdo were to be punished, this would suppress the freedom of speech.

It is estimated that approximately two million demonstrators marched in just Paris alone as a protest to the losses that resulted from the attack and the right to freedom of speech.  Other cities also held similar marches.  This event in Paris was made even more significant by the numerous world leaders that united together in mourning, including French president Francois Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister David Cameron and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The phrase “Je suis Charlie,” which translates to “I am Charlie,” was used by many to show support for standing by the companies rights to free speech.  Some went on to replace “Charlie” with their own names to show that they also had these freedoms.  While the attack and loss of lives was a horrific event, people joined together worldwide to show their support of free press.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TO DISCUSS AP TESTING, AWARD RECEIVED

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Members of the School Board gathered in the LGI for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7. There was a low attendance of viewers for this meeting. Some topics discussed were class sizes, field trips, construction requests, and Lake Central’s AP status.

A noteworthy action that occurred at this meeting was the recognition of Mr. Tom Clark, Social Studies, by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Gene Kijanowski from the St. John VFW presented Mr. Clark with this award.

“Tom not only got National Teacher of the Year Award, he also got National Americanism Award, which are both very prestigious. He brings to Lake Central something that we can be really proud of,” Kijanowski said.

Another significant matter was discussed in a presentation from Mr. Sean Begley, Freshman Center Principal.  Mr. Begley reported that over the past seven years, the number of Lake Central students taking AP tests has almost tripled.  Also, the percent of the total AP students from Lake Central that scored a 3 or higher on AP test has passed the percent of total AP students in Indiana and globally.

“The Advanced Placement [program] is a very important part of our school grade, and it also does a fantastic job of preparing our students for further studies,” Mr. Begley said.

The next School Board meeting will occur on Monday, Oct. 20.