Retired Lowell athletic director Don Bales has been selected as one of five inductees in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Hall of Fame class for 2013.
Bales retired in 2010 after 36 years in education and interscholastic athletics. Bales served at Lowell High School for 29 years.
Bales began his career as a cross country, baseball and basketball coach in the Portage Township Schools, where he served from 1974 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he taught and coached varsity basketball at Tri-Creek Schools.
Bales created the first Lowell High School student handbook, established the school's athletic hall of fame, designed and wrote a sportsmanship guide and developed coach mentoring and orientation programs. He was also instrumental in the renovation of the school's athletic facilities in the early 2000s.
Bales, a 1970 graduate of Hebron High School, graduated in 1974 from Indiana Central College with a degree in physical education, health and biology. In 1979, he earned a master's degree in secondary education at Indiana University Northwest in Gary.
Bales served on the NIAAA Board of Directors from 1995 to 1999 including one term as president. Since 2000, Bales has been the chairman of the organization's Leadership Training Institute State Coordinators.
He has been presented with numerous awards from the NIAAA and other athletic organizations over the years.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.
Indianapolis Brebeuf 35, Gibson Southern 14: The Braves (11-3) cruised to victory in the Class 3A Southern semistate. They will meet Andrean (14-0) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the state title.
LaPorte 95, South Bend Riley 29: Kyleigh Kubik led four players in double figures with 27 points as the Times No. 6 Slicers routed the Wildcats. Jaclyn Heath added 23 points and seven assists; Jocelyn Colburn had 17 points, and Kelsey Gushrowski scored 11 points.
LaCrosse 72, 21st Century 13: Katie Vance scored a game-high 15 points as the Tigers pulled away to defeat the Cougars. Alissa Tucker drained three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.
West Central 42, Kouts 30: Jayla Crump had 14 points and nine rebounds, but the Trojans (3-0) defeated the Fillies (2-2).
Northwest Indiana Challenge: No. 6 Valparaiso won three weight classes and finished second as a team. Fort Wayne Carroll defeated the Vikings 295.5-192.5 for the crown. Tristan Dembkowski (120 pounds) won 5-4 in his title match, while Eliot Granados (182) and Ian Suttles (285) each won by pin.
Kankakee Valley was fourth (178.5), host Munster 10th (114) and Hobart 11th (91.5).
The Mustangs’ Jason Crary (113) won 13-9, while teammate Zach Slosser (160) won by pin.
The Brickies’ Zach Lovell (106) won 4-1.
Chesterton Super Duals: The host No. 7 Trojans and No. 9 Portage each finished 4-0.
Chesterton undefeated wrestlers included Jack Tolin (113 pounds, 4-0), Mike Double (138, 3-0), Sawyer Hallas (160, 3-0), Alex Katsafaros (170, 4-0) and Connor Smith (220, 4-0). Undefeated wrestlers for the Indians included Miguel Prado (113, 4-0), Johnny Duque (120, 4-0), Gage Torrs (126, 4-0), Isaac Morgan (145, 4-0) and Travis Williams (220, 4-0).