Munster and Crown Point battled out a hard-fought game by both teams on the softball diamond Friday night. The Mustangs topped the Bulldogs 3-0 at the Crown Point girls varsity softball field. The game was close the entire time as the Mustangs scored one run in the 3rd and then added 2 more runs in the 7th to add comfort to their lead.
The Munster Mustangs are no strangers to success in basketball. They captured a Sectional Championship this year, another in 2015, and only need to look at 2011 for their most recent Regional Championship. While the Mustangs fell to the Northridge Raiders 62-53 at this year’s Regional Semifinal, they added another proud story to their school’s pedigree.
For the Chesterton Trojans, their season-ending 49-42 defeat at the Class 4A IHSAA Regional brought a wave of mixed emotions.
The stands at Crown Point High School were packed and students were all decked out in country or all white outfits, ready to cheer on the Munster Mustangs and the Lowell Red Devils to a Sectional Championship. After a hard fight, the Mustangs walked away carrying the Sectional trophy with a final score of 56-33.
The Crown Point Bulldogs showed their teeth as they walked away with the 51-35 sectional “W” over the Hammond-Morton Governors in a game that was closer than the scoreboard appeared. It was ultimately decided at the free-throw line.
Wednesday night’s nail-biter game between the Munster Mustangs and the Lake Central Indians had fans on the edge of their seats. The Indians fell to the Mustangs 57 to 44 after a fierce battle for the chance to make it to game 5.
The Valparaiso Vikings exploded onto the court Wednesday night with a super strong defense that carried them to a solid 49-31 win over the Merrillville Pirates. The Vikings advanced to the semifinals and will play Kankakee Valley on March 1.
After a daunting regular season East Chicago seems unfazed and determined for a playoff run, defeating Highland 63-43 in the first round of the Boy’s Sectional playoff at Crown Point on Tuesday night.
It was a close first half between the Hammond High Wildcats and Griffith Panthers, but Hammond pulled away after a half-time rest to win 76-69 and gain a spot in the IHSAA Class 3A semifinals. They’ll face town rival Hammond Clark on March 1.
The stakes were high Saturday afternoon as hundreds of high school gymnasts across Northwest Indiana competed individually and as a team at the Girls Gymnastics Sectionals to earn a spot in the IHSAA Regional Competition. Although the high-stakes event brought extreme stress for most, some spectators sat back and enjoyed watching the hard work of each gymnast shine during their performances.
In the Region, a strong focus is placed on sportsmanship in youth athletics. Northwest Indiana has no shortage of skilled, talented, and dedicated players. However, in order to succeed in athletics and in the real world, students must also learn positive sportsmanship. The 65th Annual Sportsmanship Dinner honored Region teams by inviting players to break bread with one another and awarding plaques and scholarships to schools displaying the best examples of sportsmanship-like conduct.