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Chesterton boys swimmers pick up national hardware

2014-06-05T18:00:00Z 2014-09-09T23:09:14Z Chesterton boys swimmers pick up national hardwareTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 05, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Chesterton's boys swimming team picked up their second straight state title this winter, and they recently received more hardware.

The team received plaques for setting national public school records in three events. Michigan recruit Aaron Whitaker set a mark in the 100-yard fly (46.31). He teamed with Indiana recruits Jack Wallar and Blake Pieroni plus freshman Gary Kostbade to set the standard in the 200 medley relay (1:29.64). Whitaker also teamed with brother and U.S. Naval Academy recruit Ethan Whitaker, Pieroni and classmate Patrick Curley for the record in the 400 free relay (2:59.36).

The 100 fly and 200 medley relay marks were set in the championships, while the 400 free relay mark was set in the state prelims.

Gary football banquet changes date: Due to the high number of Gary athletes/football players competing in Saturday's state track championships, the inaugural Northwestern Conference Football Awards Banquet has been moved to June 12. It will honor students from Lew Wallace, Roosevelt and West Side.

It will be held at "Soul Food for You" at 411 E. 5th Ave., across from RailCats Stadium.

Four Gladiators selected for softball all-star game: Gavit softball players Kristen Alamillo, Shelby Geurtz, Imani Buggs and Amber Earl were selected to participate in the Indiana Elite North-South Softball tournament June 22 at Westfield High School.

Crown Point softball keeps moving up: The Bulldogs won the regional Tuesday night and will play in the Class 4A semistate Saturday and the nation is paying attention.

C.P. moved to No. 6 in CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Softball Rankings.

He knows the way: Portage's David Clegg will be competing in his third state track meet Saturday in Bloomington as part of the Indians' 3,200-meter relay. It's his second time going on the 3,200 relay. He also ran once on the 1,600 relay.

Giddy for regional recognition: Griffith applied for the right to the Class 3A regional as soon as the lights were lit at its baseball field.

In addition to preparing to play in the regional this week, the Panthers have been keeping their home field looking visitor-ready.

"It's about doing the little things," Griffith coach Brian Jennings said. "This is a big deal for our program. This is a big deal for us."

The Panthers are 15-5 at home this season.

Griffith isn't the only happy team, with Andrean needing only to make a short drive, as well.

The Niners have asked for access to Plymouth's cafeteria in the past, keeping players in one spot. Now, if Andrean beats Northwestern in the opener, the team can go home to rest or gather in its own cafeteria to prepare for the championship.

Stay home!: Luke Cota appreciates his family's support, the Chesterton junior shot putter just doesn't want them attending his track meets.

"I don't throw well with my family there," he said. "I told them nobody's coming from here on out."

Cota had issued the edict prior to the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, only to hear his grandma say, "Hey, Luke," before the competition.

"It psyched me out," he said. "Since I started throwing better, they're all freaking out. The fan base is so small, you can see and hear everybody."

The state meet is Saturday in Bloomington and Cota has already informed his support base to stay away.

"Too bad," he said. "I told them next year's always a possibility."

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