Thirteen years after the Portage boys team did it, the Indians’ girls brought home a state title of their own.

Portage defeated Lakeshore Conference rival Michigan City 359-346 in Saturday’s final match at Championship Lanes in Anderson.

The Indians defeated Franklin Central 386-306 in the semifinal match. The Wolves earned the top seed after 12 games of qualifying. Lake Central finished fifth after a slow start.

In singles, Portage's Makayla Himden finished third. The top area boy was Bishop Noll’s Ameer Lawrence, who finished seventh.

In the boys team event, Merrillville also earned the top seed, but lost to Ben Davis 431-405 in the final despite shooting a 276 in the second game of the two-game championship. Griffith struggled in the last three games to finish sixth.

Boys basketball

Tri-County 62, Kouts 54: Cole Wireman had 14 points, three assists and two steals but the Mustangs (9-8) fell short against the Class A No. 6 Cavaliers (14-2).

Cale Wireman added 12 points for Kouts, while Brent Wireman had 11 points and three assists.

LaPorte 65, Oregon-Davis 63: Just back from an injury, Drake Gunn hit a game-winner at the buzzer and scored a game-high 19 points for the Slicers (5-12).

Carlos Jenkins added 15 points. Garrott Ott-Large chipped in 14.

Valparaiso 65, Bishop Noll 50: Brandon Newman (27 points, seven rebuonds) and Nate Aerts (19) carried the Vikings (12-4) past the Warriors. Colin Walls chipped in four steals and four assists.

Washington Township 80, Lake Station 69: Brock Pappas made a run at a triple double, amassing 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Senators (12-3) downed the Eagles. Colin Burton notched 23 points, Dylan Clem 16 and Zach Little 13 for Washington.

Wheeler 82, Whiting 48: Cameron Morton poured in 23 points for the Bearcats (6-11, 1-5) as they picked up their first Greater South Shore Conference win.

Dane Simatovich added 18 points for Wheeler. Peyton Kostbade had 12.

Frank Senteno had 17 and G'Angelo Reillo 16 for the Oilers (3-14, 0-7).


Crown Point 108.875, Merrillville 108.15: Paige Hein won all-around (36.325) and beam (9.55) to lead the Bulldogs over the Pirates in a tight Duneland Athletic Conference dual.

Kaleigh Stack won floor (9.4) for Crown Point.

Abby Smith won bars (9.475) and was second in all-around (36.25) for Merrillville. Teammate Cheyenne Roberts won vault (9.3) and was third in all-around (35.9).


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