Times sports writer Steve Hanlon will receive a Virgil Sweet Award on April 25 at the annual Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s clinic.
Hanlon, a 1981 Crown Point graduate, is one of seven people to be honored. The award, named for the legendary Valparaiso High School boys basketball coach, honors those who have provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball across the state.
Hanover Central 14, North Newton 0: A nine-run first inning propelled the Wildcats (5-0, 4-0) to an abbreviated Greater South Shore Conference win over the Spartans (3-3) as Ashley Yoways (3-0) fired a no-hitter and struck out 11. Yoways helped herself with two doubles and three runs. Sophie Barbosa added two hits and two runs. Melissa Balkema scored twice and drove in three runs.
Griffith 11, Merrillville 1 (6 inn.): Blair Morton struck out seven in six innings while yielding a run and two hits, and also drove in three runs to lead the Panthers past the Pirates. Courtney Bell, Kailey Shepard and Sidney Hero each had two hits for Griffith.
Morton 15, River Forest 9: The Governors pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of 10 walks while out-slugging River Forest (1-3). Sabrina Campos tripled, and Pamela Justiniano doubled for Morton (1-4).
Six of the Ingots' 10 hits went for extra bases as Itzel Nunez had two doubles, and Ashley Ogren tripled.
Boone Grove 3, Hobart 2: Kirsten Spangenberg drove in two runs as the Wolves edged the Times No. 10 Brickies. Trailing 2-1, Boone Grove (1-2) scored twice in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Amanda Hawrot had two hits and struck out seven in throwing a complete game. Teammate Sara Brown also had two hits.
Hobart (2-2) was led by Brianna Kraft's two hits and two RBIs. Pitcher Maddy Adams struck out seven.
South Central 1, Lake Station 0: The Satellites scored the game's lone run on a passed ball. Madi Walter went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out four. Taylor Johnson tripled; Mikayla Eaton doubled, and Kayla Sommers was 2-for-2.
Munster 10, Valparaiso 1: Joe Bryant went 2-for-3, including a three-run homer, in leading the Times No. 3 Mustangs (6-1) to a win over the Vikings (1-1). Alex Del Rio had three hits and two RBIs for the Mustangs. Tom DeCero chipped in two hits.
For Valparaiso, Tyler Ellrich was 2-for-3.
Chesterton 6, McCutcheon 3: Matt Kubacki went five innings for the win and Corey Rusboldt the last two for the save as the Trojans (3-1) downed the Mavericks in Lafayette. Tyler Sufana scored twice for Chesterton.
Lake Central 3, Morton 2: Emily Birlson and Sarah Dingman, and Colleen Quinn and Elena Eickelberry swept the doubles to give the Indians a win over the Governors in both teams' season opener. Lake Central's Kristi Tinsley won at No. 1 singles.
Morton's Nancy Martinez and Karla Tallegos won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Portage 153, LaLumiere 172: At Robbinhurst, Tep Junyanid and Noak Kunstek tied for medalist honors with 35s, leading the No. 8 Indians (2-0) over the Lakers (0-2).