Crown Point's softball team was ranked No. 16 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Softball Rankings this week, moving up from No. 22 last week.
And after winning the Twin Lakes Invitational on Saturday, C.P. could keep moving on up.
Of the 25 teams listed, four were from California, four were from Texas and two from Florida, the hot-bed areas for softball in America. The only other teams from the frigid Midwest were No. 8 Lebanon (Ohio) and No. 15 Bay City Western (Michigan).
Border Battle: Munster and T.F. South baseball and softball programs will play each other Saturday in Lansing and Munster baseball coach Bob Shinkan is looking forward to driving down Ridge Road.
"It will always be a night game and we want to make it a 'Battle of the Border' type thing," Shinkan said. "It will be fun and we used to play them for several years. We should play each other because we are just a few miles apart."
The baseball game is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lansing Sports Complex. The softball game is at 11 a.m. at T.F. South High School. Shinkan said being a Saturday night contest adds excitement
"I think being under the lights also kind of pumps the kids up," he said. —Mike Nieto
Satellites' Satoski headed to SJC: South Central's Briana Lee Satoski has accepted an academic/athletic scholarship to play NCAA Division II volleyball at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer.
Satoski was a four-year varsity starter and team captain the last three years. A two-time MVP, she made all-Porter County Conference two years and had 321 kills, 210 digs, 77 solo blocks and 34 aces in her senior season.
Less is more: The boys volleyball state finals has been changed from an eight-team event to a four-team bracket with the eight remaining teams paring down at semistate sites.
"Before, it was three matches in a day and at the end of the day, it wasn't very good volleyball," Chesterton coach Craig Cromwell said. "The coaches all agreed we wanted to keep the level of play as high as possible."
Third-ranked Chesterton (16-7) faces No. 6 Lawrence North at Lafayette Jeff.
"We're excited to see somebody we haven't seen all year," Cromwell said. — Jim Peters
Taking no chances: After tweaking his hamstring in the 100-meter dash trials at Wednesday's Duneland Athletic Conference meet, Crown Point's Wes Honaker chose not to risk aggravating the injury for the postseason.
The owner of the area's top time in the event, Honaker jogged to a 20.73 in the finals, picking up an eighth-place finish and a team point for the Bulldogs. Honaker took the moment in stride, doing a pretend lunge at the finish line. —Jim Peters
The new standard: Shivering and soaking after winning the 3,200, LaPorte's Anthony Didion tried to put the miserable weather conditions in perspective. "Now I have to set a new goal for what's bad," he said. "You just have to make an exception, adapt and move on." —Jim Peters
L.C.'s Wideman to take part in Hoosier Reunion Classic: Lake Central's Tyler Wideman, a Butler recruit, will take part in the Hoosier Reunion All-Star Classic. The event will take place June 6 at Knightstown's historic Hoosier Gym, which was used in the film "Hoosiers."
The girls game will start at 5 p.m., and the boys game will follow at 7. For tickets, call (317) 925-8200, or email email@example.com.
Valpo sets callout meeting: Valparaiso will host a callout meeting for current eighth-graders through juniors interested in running next season at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school. Runners are asked to bring at least one parent. A handout explaining the summer and fall calendar will be distributed.