After two days of postponements and cancellations, the West Side football team celebrated seven players who signed to attend college next season.
Charles Butler will head to Kentucky Christian; Lonnie Johnson signed with Western Michigan; Jon'Vae Johnson heads to Toledo; Avery Nash will go to DePauw; Marcus Carter and Anthony Cherry will play at Kentucky Christian, and JaQuan Ross will play at Hutchinson Junior College.
The Cougars sent their letters of intent Wednesday, the opening of the signing period, and were originally scheduled to host a news conference and celebration then. School cancellations and delays postponed those plans.
Hammond 88, Clark 56: Hammond junior guard Darnell Culbreath didn’t miss a shot as the Wildcats easily handled winless Clark on Friday night. Culbreath was 4 for 4 on 2-point shots, sank a 3-point try and went 2 for 2 from the free-throw line to finish with 13 points.
Deontra Crenshaw scored 22; Kortell Caston had 16, and Aaron Haggard chipped in 15 for Hammond (12-6, 5-0 Great Lakes Athletic Conference), which built a 51-24 halftime lead. Eddie Rebeles scored 21; Kalil Frith had 17, and Jose Ceja 14 to lead Clark (0-16, 0-5).
LaCrosse 59, Covenant Christian 47: Bryce Guse drained five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points, leading the Tigers (3-11) over the Knights (3-12). Zack Brown added 12 points.
Josh Kikkert had a team-high 14 points for Covenant Christian. Brandon Sheets added 11.
Morgan Township 50, South Central 36: Chase Braden had a game-high 25 points to lead the Cherokees (9-5, 3-1) over the Satellites (3-10, 1-4) in Porter County Conference play. Jake Koselke added 10 points.
Mark Richards had a team-high eight for S.C.
Highland 59, E.C. Central 51: The Trojans outscored the Cardinals 24-8 in the final quarter to rally for the win. Hannah Ryzewski was 10 of 12 from the free-throw line and scored 15 points as Highland (15-6) went 23 of 38 from the line. Brianna Williams added 11 points, and Ellie Morinville chipped in 12 for the Trojans.
Cheyenne White led all scorers with 25 points and 18 rebounds for E.C. Central (4-15).
North Judson 48, Hebron 44: Shelby Yankauskas scored a team-high 12 points, but the Bluejays (7-11) edged the host Hawks (7-11).
Valparaiso 112.475, Lake Central 95.925: Lia Milroy won the all-around (37.9), floor (8.65), beam (9.45) and bars (9.6) to lead the Times No. 1 Vikings over the Indians in Duneland Athletic Conference action. Valpo's Caroline Miller won vault (9.5).
Lake Central’s Megan Misirly placed third in the all-around (32.15).
Notes and news
Prep stars vie at Campagna: Midwest Elite Prep will host St. John's Military of Wisconsin at 6 p.m. today at Campagna Academy, located at 7403 Cline Ave. in Schererville.
The two teams have split the season series at one game each. Both feature multiple Division I recruits, including former Michigan City High School standout Ryan Taylor.
Portage runner picks IUPUI: Portage senior Paige Pizer has signed a national letter of intent to run for IUPUI.
"Since I started running, it was always a goal, something I wanted to do in college," Pizer said. "I went there when my cousin was a freshman, and I really liked the school. When I found out they had a team, it made me more interested. I took my visit, and I just loved it there."
Pizer is just one of two Indians to run in four state cross country meets. She also qualified for the state track finals in the 800 and 3,200 relay last year. If she makes it this season, the six state finals appearances would be a school record.
"They have a really strong team," Pizer said of IUPUI. "I'll just go out and do my best and fit in where I fit in."
Pizer will major in nursing.