David Skara of Midwest Elite Prep Academy in Merrillville verbally committed to play basketball at Valparaiso University on Thursday.
The 6-foot-8 wing player from Zadar, Croatia, averaged 16 points and eight rebounds for Midwest last season.
The 19-year-old also had offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago and Robert Morris, with several others showing interest. Living in Valparaiso, though, had Skara feeling a sense of comfort with coach Bryce Drew and his staff.
"David is very versatile," Midwest Elite coach Chris Artis said. "He can dribble the ball, can play the stretch 4 or 3. He needs to gain a little weight to get ready for college ball. But he's willing to put in the work to get there. He has the kind of game where they'll be expecting him to contribute right away." — Steve Hanlon
Lake Central 10, Merrillville 0 (6 innings): Julia Schassburger struck out 15 to pick up the win for the Indians. She also had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Chrissy Addison went 2-for-4 and scored twice in the Duneland Athletic Conference win.
Hanover Central 5, Beecher 3: Wildcats coach Larry McMillen got his first win over the Ladycats in 12 years as Melissa Balkema went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Sophia Barbosa had two hits with an RBI for the Wildcats (11-2). Alexis Mokos doubled. Ashley Yoways struck out 12 to raise her record to 9-2.
Kankakee Valley 15, Griffith 3 (5 innings): Mackenzie Dunlap had two doubles and a home run in going 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored for the Kougars (9-5, 4-2) in the Northwest Crossroads Conference game. Morgan Cavinder went 4-for-4 with three runs, while Mia Stevens went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Bishop Noll 9, Whiting 3: The Warriors (10-1) got a home run from Ashley Gordish and three other extra-base hits to pick up a Greater South Shore Conference win. Elena Sobilo had three hits for Noll. Monica Martin added three RBIs.
Callie Mansfield had two hits and an RBI for the Oilers, while Mollie Lovasko went 3-for-5.
Highland 10, Whiting 0 (6 inn.): Andrew Kinley sturck out five in throwing a two-hit shutout as the Trojans blanked the Oilers. Konner Stephens and Alec Smith had two hits each. Smith also homered.
North Newton 11, St. Anne 0 (5 inn.): Jordan Peters and Tim Anderson combined for a two-hit shutout as the Spartans won at home. Justn Walk was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Jono Bigger and Austin Sartori also doubled.
Hebron 17, Marquette 0: Freshman pitcher Tyler Patrick tossed Hebron's first perfect game since 1971. Patrick had eight strikeouts.
Mike Mikulich led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Hunter Ryan was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Jarrett Majcher was 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs. Stephen Doelling was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Jason Reick was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Paul Miskus was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.