Former Lowell football coach Kirk Kennedy was hired as the new football coach at North Judson on Tuesday night. Kennedy was at Lowell for 19 years where he had a record of 161-70.
He led Lowell to three Class 4A state championship games in 2005, 2007 and 2009, winning it all in '05.
Kennedy spent the last three seasons at Bloomington South, where he went 4-26. Kennedy is just the 11th head coach in Bluejay history and the fourth since 1977.
The run-style old-school coach has been an Indiana Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year nine times, a conference Coach of the Year 10 times and twice has coached the North All-Star football team.
“We are excited to welcome Kirk and his wife Mickey to the Bluejay Family," North Judson athletic director Robb Vessely said. “We are thrilled to have someone of his pedigree leading our students and continuing the strong tradition of Bluejay Football.”
Kennedy succeeds Kevin Cox, who guided the Bluejays to a 77-49 record over 11 seasons.
Griffith 2, Hobart 1: Griffith coach Brian Jennings earned his 300th win with the close NCC victory.
Matt Colomes hit a single to score Brett Brinkley in the fourth inning, then later Colomes scored the winning run on a wild pitch as Griffith improved to 8-9 on the season and 5-5 in the conference.
Jennings has been with the Panthers for the last 15 seasons after three previous years as the Whiting head coach.
"(Kankakee Valley coach) Dougie Greenlee got 500 last week, (Highland's) Danny Miller has more than 500, (Munster's) Bob Shinkan has more than 500, (Andrean's) Dave Pishkur has 800, so in relation to that, it's nice but I'm not on the same level yet," Jennings said. "Those are guys I try to emulate and learn from. I don't consider myself in a category with those guys. Those are guys I watched when I was playing. … It's hard to put myself in a peer group with guys who were coaching when I was playing, but to be considered even close to them is really nice."
Hobart's Brandon Murray struck out 12 in the loss.
Clark 8, Gavit 4: Clark's Zach Busco drove in two runs to help lead the Pioneers past the Gladiators in Great Lakes Athletic Conference action.
Gavit's Doug Latham and Kyle Byrd each collected two hits.
Bishop Noll 13, Lake Station 1 (5 inn.): Chad Mateja struck out 14 and threw a one-hitter to lead the Warriors (14-2, 9-0) to the Greater South Shore Conference win over the Eagles (8-9, 4-5).
Bishop Noll took advantage of seven walks and five Lake Station errors. Tony Cobb walked three times and Anthony Fundukian twice.
Larry Crisler, Angel Figueroa and Fundukian each doubled.
Crown Point 11, LaPorte 0 (5 inn.): Zach Plesac tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts as the Times No. 2 Bulldogs (16-3) cruised past the Slicers in Duneland Athletic Conference play. Johnny Lynk added a double and three RBIs, while Ronnie Plesac and Glen Hecht each had two RBIs.
Lowell 5, Hanover Central 4 (8 inn.): Logan Schiessle went 3-for-4 to help lead the Red Devils to the nonconference win over the Wildcats.
Hanover Central's Dan Stum struck out eight in seven innings pitched.
Merrillville 10, Portage 4: Jose Carbajal had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBIs to lead the Pirates (7-11, 4-7) to a win over the Indians (13-9, 4-7) in DAC action. Aaron Dye had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. Joey Cowser had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Chris Klenk had three hits and a run scored for Portage.
North White 2, Morgan Township 1: Ryan Klikus was 3-for-3 with a run scored, but the Vikings edged the Cherokees (12-7).
Kouts 9, Argos 7: The Mustangs (8-8) struck for seven sixth-inning runs to rally past the Dragons (9-6). Andrew Birky was 2-for-3 with a triple, four RBIs and a run scored; Jake Bekelya was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases plus Will Ward and Zak Minchuk each doubled.
Highland 9, Kankakee Valley 3: Tyler Fraley was 2-for-3 and scored three runs, and Alec Smith was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Trojans scored six runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Fraley, Smith and Danny Hamilton each hit doubles for Highland.
Chesterton 13, Michigan City 2 (5 inn.): Megan Matheny had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs as the No. 3 Trojans (20-3, 11-2) cruised past the Wolves in DAC action. Sydney Cooley had a double and four RBIs; Mallory McKee had three hits (double); Amanda Dujmovich had three hits and Megan Tymorek picked up the win with four strikeouts over five innings.
Crown Point 7, LaPorte 3: Miranda Elish was 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the No. 1 Bulldogs defeated the Slicers in DAC action. Siena Gyure tossed five innings of three-hit, four-strikeout ball to pick up the win and she helped her cause with a double.
Portage 10, Merrillville 0 (6 inn.): Heather Zengler tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the No. 4 Indians (15-4, 10-3) won easily in DAC play. Lauren Murray was 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs; Kaitlin Doud was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three steals and an RBI and Katie Peksenak had a double.
Whiting 3, Gavit 2: Jessica Butler scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth to give the Oilers (14-3) the win in a pitchers' duel with the Gladiators.
Winning pitcher Mollie Lovasko (11-3) struck out nine and had a two-run homer. Gavit's Shelby Geurts also struck out nine.
Wheeler 1, Boone Grove 0: Nickole Finch (9-3) tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and provided the game's lone run with a two-out, RBI double in the fifth inning to lead the Bearcats (11-5) over the Wolves (11-6), Karessa Sweeney was 2-for-3.
Boone Grove's lone hit was a triple by Sarah Brown.
Lake Central 9, Valparaiso 1: Abbey Rouch was 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the No. 2 Indians defeated the Vikings in DAC play. Kayla Bishton was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Liz Seymour was 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Megan Krantz was 2-for-3 for Valparaiso.
Kouts 18, River Forest 10: Emily Kolb had four extra-base hits, including two home runs, eight RBIs and three runs scored to help the Fillies (5-8) outlast the Ingots. Kolb also pitched four innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win.
Chesterton 4, Michigan City 1: The No. 2 Trojans (10-1, 6-0) clinched at least a share of the DAC title with a victory over the Wolves. Margaret Shinn led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles.
Karla Gieser and Claire Hirsch went three sets at No. 2 doubles to pick up Michigan City's lone point.
E.C. Central 5, West Side 0: The Cardinals (6-6) won every match, including a shutout win at No. 1 doubles by Fabiola Guillen and Kayla Cast.
Valparaiso 3, Crown Point 2: Rachel Willing won at No. 3 singles and the Vikings won both doubles matches to edge the Bulldogs in Duneland Athletic Conference action.
Crown Point's Amber Haworth and Abby Kvachkoff won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Wheeler 3, Bishop Noll 2: Celeste Garcia and Sofia Esquivel won hard-fought matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the doubles team of Lauren Johnson and Milena Rahetic clawed through No. 1 doubles to lead the Bearcats (7-5, 3-2) to the GSSC win.
Selina Baez won at No. 3 singles for Noll (6-3, 2-2), while Pilar Garcia and Asia Austin won No. 3 doubles.
LaPorte 4, Portage 1: Caroline Boger won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to lead the Slicers over the Indians in DAC action.
Emily Sejda picked up Portage's lone point at No. 3 singles.
Crown Point 167, Michigan City 168, LaPorte 183: Matt Mudd carded a 40 for the Bulldogs in the narrow DAC win. Mike Lee and Luke Lambert each shot 42, while Patt Mudd carded a 43.
Michigan City's Ryan Brinckman turned in a 39, while Aaron Skibinski shot a 40.
LaPorte's Zach Perschke led his team with a 43.
Lowell 182, Kankakee Valley 186: Jared Kottinger and David Jarella both carded 45s to lead the Red Devils to the Northwest Crossroads Conference win.
K.V.'s Ryan Beere shot a 44.
Munster 151, Andrean 168: Matt Specht and Ronak Tilva each carded even-par 36s to lead the Mustangs to the Northwest Crossroads Conference win.
Luke Wuchenich (39) and AJ Gauthier (40) rounded out the Mustangs' scoring.
Jack Musgrave led the 59ers with a 38.