Several area basketball players were selected to play in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic which will be held at Anderson University on June 20 for juniors and June 21 for seniors.
The area junior girls are Lake Central's Tara Ziotkowski, Michigan City's Michal Miller, E.C. Central's Tiajaney Hawkins, Lake Central's Gina Rubino and Bowman Academy's Joshlynn King.
The local junior boys who were invited were Chesterton's Chris Palombizio and Munster's Drew Hackett.
There were no area players picked for the Senior Class A-2A game or 3A-4A game.
Tyler Zylstra of Dyer's Heritage Christian was selected for the ICST Christian High School game.
The lone local picked for the Senior Class A-2A game was Bishop Noll's Marquis Tarver.
There were no locals picked for the Class 3A-4A senior game.
Valpo goalie Fletcher commits to IUPUI: Andrew Fletcher knew he would be playing college soccer, but the Valparaiso senior goalie wasn’t sure at what level.
“I hadn’t heard from any (Division I coaches) during the season, so I was originally planning on going to the University of St. Francis (Ind.),” Fletcher said.
Those plans changed in the last month, when he received a call from IUPUI. He visited the campus a week ago, and he recently committed to the Jaguars.
“I just wasn’t thinking about playing Division I,” Fletcher said. “I’d always had an interest in them. They have a great nursing program, and that’s what I eventually want to get into.”
Fletcher spent one season as the starting goalie for the Vikings.
He won't be the only local goalie on the IUPUI roster, joining Munster graduate Jess Clark and former Crown Point player Christian Lomeli. Fletcher said he doesn’t know any of his new teammates, but he’s anxious to be part of the squad.
“There are a lot of nerves (right now),” Fletcher said. “The biggest thing is to get into the training and show them what I’m made of.” — Jim Hunsley
Brickie Up: Two more Hobart football players have made their college commitments. Senior Ben Johnson, a middle linebacker and right guard, will continue his career at Wabash College. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder had 41 tackles last year and 3.5 tackles for loss.
He was a team captain, first-team all-Northwest Crossroads Conference and a Leadership Award winner at Hobart. He also sported a 3.454 GPA, which gave him several academic honors.
Also, center Justin Fidnarik will continue his career at Manchester College. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and had a GPA of 3.326.
Hanover Central Summer Shootout: Hanover Central girls basketball coach Doug Nelson wants area teams to know about the tournament at his school June 14.
All teams get three pool-play games and then are put into a single-elimination tournament. The cost is $225 for varsity teams, $200 for junior varsity. For details, email Nelson at email@example.com.
Crown Point softball keeps moving up: The Crown Point Bulldogs softball team moved up in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Softball Rankings. C.P. is ranked No. 13 nationally with a 24-0 record.
Wheeler has coaching openings: Wheeler has JV coaching openings for boys basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls basketball as well as middle school football. Interested individuals should call Athletic Director Randy Stelter at (219) 759-2561, ext. 2237.
Last stand: The Lake Central baseball team played its last home game on Tuesday, beating Duneland Athletic Conference foe Michigan City.
The field is at the bottom of a hill and has become a drainage area for most of the water that comes off of the softball field. By next season, the Indians are expected to have new digs adjacent to the softball field at the top of the hill.
The old field will still exist.
"This can become like a punishment field," L.C. coach Jeff Sandor said. "Like if they have a bad practice, we have to come down here."
LaPorte's Lancioni captures another DAC MVP award: LaPorte senior Elena Lancioni picked up her sixth DAC MVP award last week at the league track meet. She has three each in cross country and track. — Jim Hunsley