GIRLS TRACK TAKES ON YEAR 25

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For 24 consecutive years, the girls track team has managed to uphold the same title: Sectional Champions. This is a feat not easily done, but the girls have key factors that they say contribute to their success.

“We all work really hard, and we all get along really well. When you have a close bond with your teammates, you’re not only working for yourself but working for your teammates, too,” Sarah Hunsley (11) said.

The hard work and connection of the team has allowed them to carry on this success so far into the current season. According to the Northwest Indiana Times, the team is currently ranked number one in the region.

“We shall see [if we win this year]. Each year, each team is different, [but] it’s nice to keep the streak alive. The girls believe it’s important, they believe the sacrifice is necessary for success,” Mr. Ron Fredrick, English, said.

Will this year’s team continue the legacy and protect the title for a 25th consecutive year? The team’s efforts for the remainder of the season will determine that. At the Sectional meet on Tuesday, May 17, the girls will see if they have what it takes to carry on the tradition.

TRIUMPH ON THE NEW TRACK

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The varsity boys track team hosted their first meet of the season against the Michigan City Wolves on Tuesday, April 19. Not only was this the first home meet, it was also the first meet the boys held at the new facility. The Indians won with a score of 78-54 to start off strong in the DAC.

“I think [the meet] went pretty well. We won the meet, which was our first win in the DAC this year. We won all the distance events, we did well on the throws I know and we had some good results in the pole vault,” Clayton Goldman (12) said.

Goldman received first place in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400 meter relay alongside Cole Easterday (12), Tyler Kramer-Stephens (12) and Antonio Pavloski (11).  Also gaining points for the Indians was Cameron Prisby (12) who received second place in pole vaulting.

“I jumped 12 feet that day, which got me second place. I was fine [with] that, but I definitely could have done better and gotten 12 feet, 6 inches. Based on this meet, we could better prepare ourselves for the upcoming meets by trying new things like going on different poles during practice and trying different drills at practice. The most important thing is practice, practice, practice,” Prisby said.

The next boys varsity track meet will take place on April 26 at Chesterton High School.

GOING MAD FOR MARCH MADNESS

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Since the beginning of the season in November, college basketball has been a source of entertainment for all those that watch. However, as March finally rolls around, basketball fans everywhere are filled with excitement toward a long-anticipated event to end the season: March Madness.

“My ringtone, if you call my phone, is “March Madness” [by Future] because it is March Madness season. I’m so excited, I’ve actually made three brackets so far,” Paul Centanni (12) said.

Many viewers fill out tournament brackets with predictions on how they believe teams will progress throughout the tournament.

“I like the competitiveness of filling out brackets and just being able to compare brackets with everybody. It’s cool seeing how well your bracket did or how bad it may have been. You can never be 100 percent certain on what’s going to happen. Every year there’s some sort of upset that happens in March Madness,” Eric Blankenship (11) said.

Lake Central Publications will be holding a March Madness Challenge in which students or teachers can fill out a bracket for the chance to win an NCAA 2016 tournament T-shirt. Participants can print the bracket here and tweet their completed bracket to @LCHSnews, or bring it into Room 9115 before Thursday, March 17.

BEATING THE SLICERS ON SENIOR NIGHT

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Following the bittersweet ceremony of senior night, the varsity wrestling team took on the LaPorte Slicers in one of their last home meets of the season. With the help of standout seniors, the team beat the Slicers with a final score of 45-21.

“Jake Kleimola (12), who’s our senior captain, Russell Gibbs (12), Nick Nykiel (12) [and] all of our seniors really wrestled tough, which was good since it’s senior night. We’re losing a lot of talent [this year] unfortunately, but we’re young. This year we have a lot of guys coming back, and that’s going to be beneficial for us for the next couple years,” Coach Josh Morgan said.

Seniors such as Kleimola had mixed feelings about senior night.

“Senior night was exciting, but it was disappointing too. After seeing it for three years and finally being in it and knowing that [the season is] coming to an end, it was disappointing, but I don’t think any of the seniors in the starting lineup lost so that’s exciting. [As a senior,] I just try to help the guys out and teach everyone as much as they can learn and just take everything I’ve learned over the years to instill into them,” Kleimola said.

Younger teammates realize the impact that losing this year’s seniors will have on the team as well.

“[I did] a lot better than I usually do because I actually got my head into it. Motivation from the rest of the team and coach helped me finally get my head back into it, and the seniors played a part in that big time. It’s going to be difficult without them there,” Brett Brown (11) said.

The next varsity wrestling meet is on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Hanover Central High School.

SEEKING A SCARE OUTSIDE CITY LINES

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The Lake Hills Haunted House is a popular attraction for many thrill-seekers during the Halloween season. Despite its convenient location, some students travel to other haunted attractions.

“I went to Haunted Hills Hospital in Portage. [I went because] it was cheaper. It was only eight bucks. It was really scary. I ended up crying, but that’s just me. I thought it was way better [than Lake Hills]. It was more scary, and they interacted with you better,” Ruby Reising (11) said.

Other nearby haunted houses include Amhurst Asylum in Valparaiso, Ind., Statesville Haunted Prison in Lockport, Ill. and 13 Floor Haunted House in Chicago, Ill.

“I went to Amhurst Asylum, it’s about half an hour away. I liked it more than Lake Hills. At Amhurst they interact with you a little more. They’re both fun, but at Amhurst they make a lot of jokes with you and stuff. I want to go to the 13th Floor one in Chicago because I think I can make it to the top. If you make it to the top and don’t leave, you get your money back,” Madilynn Mathison (10) said.

VARSITY SOCCER VICTORIOUS

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The varsity boys’ soccer team advanced to the final round of Regionals after a 3-1 win over Chesterton on Thursday, Oct. 15. The team’s hard work over the course of the season led to the success in this game, which avenged their previous 3-0 loss to Chesterton in the regular season and provided momentum for the games to come.

“I was confident [going into this game] because of the training sessions they’ve put together over the last two weeks. Over the last two weeks these guys have been focused. The majority of the roster I’ve coached since they were 10 or 11 years old, and I’ve seen a vision and a desire in their eyes I haven’t seen in years,” Coach Jereme Rainwater, Vocational, said.

Michael Bikos (10) scored Lake Central’s first goal 10 minutes into the game, which was later followed by two more goals by Cole Rainwater (9).

“It felt so awesome. My adrenaline started running when I scored it, and I knew I had to do it for my team. The second half just escalated from the first half and that’s about it. I think we did pretty good,” Bikos said.

The team hopes to use this win to boost confidence for the rest of the post-season games.

“I’m just tremendously pleased with their performance today. I can’t say it enough, there’s 24 guys over there that have worked their butts off, and they deserve what they’ve gotten,” Coach Rainwater said.
The Indians will face off against the Munster Mustangs for the Regional title at Merrillville High School on Saturday, Oct. 17.

JV FOOTBALL SHUTS OUT THE SLICERS

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The JV football team gained a strong victory over LaPorte on Monday, Sept. 21. The Indians shut out the Slicers with a score of 26-0.

“We had a big win Saturday with varsity, so we kind of knew what they were going to be doing on offense and defense. We were pretty confident coming into this game,” Coach Josh Morgan said.

The confidence reflected on the Indian’s performance against the Slicers. Kyle Paul (11) scored early in the first quarter, giving the team momentum for the rest of the game. Other scorers were Ryan Ruberry (10), Trevor Murphy (10) and Joshua Williams (10).

“On offense, our receivers did a really good job today. Everyone did a really good job today. It was a combined team effort. On defense, Aaron Benninghoff (11) was the man out there. He was all over the place,” Coach Morgan said.

The defense definitely stepped up as well, keeping LaPorte from scoring the whole game.

“The defense did good. We kept them at zero points so that was good for us as a group. I feel like I had a good game. There’s always room for improvement, though, and I think we can collectively get better,” Aaron Benninghoff (11) said.

The JV football team’s next game takes place on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Michigan City.

LADY INDIANS LOSE BATTLE AGAINST MUSTANGS

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The varsity soccer team took a tough loss against Munster in a true battle of a game on Thursday, Sept. 3. The Indians fell to the Mustangs 2-1.

“Considering we tied them the last two times we played them in absolute wars, I was expecting another war, and that’s what we had. Getting beat on a free kick over the goalie’s head obviously hurt, but overall I think we played a good game,” Coach Shawn Thomas said.

Although the Indians let two goals get by, Madison Berumen (12) put them back in the game by scoring on a penalty kick in the second half of the game. The penalty kick was awarded after a foul in the box against Munster.

“It felt good [to score] because I wanted to keep us in it. This is our third game in a row, so I think we held them pretty good for having three hot days in a row,” Berumen said.

The soccer team had two games the two days prior to this one, and all three games were played in around 90-degree heat.

“The girls played as hard as they could coming off of three games in a row in 90-degree heat. That’s a lot of fatigue, and they did everything I asked them. Coming out of this, all we’re going to do is train to fix technical errors and then continue to play hard,” Coach Thomas said.

The soccer team’s next game is against Andrean on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at home.

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.

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.