It's been a good week for the Hobart football program. Two Brickies finalized their college plans.
Nick Bokun will attend Penn in the Ivy League. Drey Devereaux will continue his play at NAIA power St. Xavier.
Boken, a tight end and defensive end, caught 23 passes for 381 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 49 tackles. He has a 4.1 GPA and is ranked No. 15 out of 290 in his class.
Devereaux played slot and defensive back. He had 53 catches for 915 yards and carried the ball 61 times for 589 yards with nine TDs combined. He also had 61 tackles.
"Those are two great young men who've worked hard on the field and in the classroom," Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. "We're very happy for both of them." —Steve Hanlon
The wins keep coming: When Andrean won the Class 3A state football championship in November it didn't seem that things could get much better.
But indeed they have.
Junior linebacker Josh Barajas has received offers from Purdue and Illinois. And 59ers coach Phil Mason confirmed that Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern and Indiana plan to offer the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete after they see him on their campuses.
"He's good," Mason said. "He's very good."
Senior tight end/defensive lineman Tylor Petkovich has committed to Southern Illinois, but could still got to Indiana if another recruit decides to go elsewhere.
Mason also said quarterback Matt DeSomer is still up in there air as far as football is concerned.
"I still think Matt's leaning toward baseball," Mason said. —Steve Hanlon
Carting off to Purdue: Bishop Noll senior Leonard Chocholek was awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship on Tuesday, which will give him a full-ride to Purdue in the fall. He is a member of the Warriors' boys golf team and caddies at Briar Ridge Country Club.
"The envelope came today," Chocholek said Tuesday. "I opened it, read the first words, dropped the letter and ran upstairs."
The first sentence said, "We are pleased to announce ..."
Chocholek will be playing his third year of varsity golf this spring. He is in his second year at Briar Ridge.
"It takes a lot of consistency on the job," the Dyer resident said. "Just showing up for a kid my age, 5 or 5:30 in the morning. That isn't easy. It's taught me patience. It's taught me to love people and the game more." —Steve Hanlon
Teen DAC streak: Chesterton’s girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Duneland Athletic Conference meet Saturday, and a great deal of the lineup that accomplished the feat might not have been born when the streak started.
Of the Trojans 13 swimmers who finished in the top six in an event, eight of were either freshmen or sophomores. The list is headed by sophomore Vanessa Krause, who set meet records in the 50-yard free and 100 fly. Classmate Kelly Craig was second in both the 200 free and 100 breast. Freshman Cara Kroeger placed second in both the 200 individual medley and 100 back. Classmate Amy Socha was second in the 500 free and third in the 200 free.
L.C. divers flip order in sweeps: Lake Central’s divers might have flipped their order from the Highland Invitational to the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, but the end result – a top-three sweep – was the same.
Kallie Higgins placed first at the Highland meet with 359.15 points. Abby Prince was second (358.55), and Hannah Leyba was third (323.75). A week later in LaPorte, Prince won the title with 385.35 points. Higgins was second (380.35) and Leyba again third (346.65). Prince was fourth at last year’s DAC meet. —Jim Hunsley
Warriors rewarded with rings: The Bishop Noll girls volleyball team are scheduled to receive their Class 2A runner-up state rings at a ceremony next week.
The team will be honored with a ring ceremony at halftime of the boys basketball game at home against Whiting on Jan. 31.