Michigan City High School Athletic Director Bob "Bear" Falls has been named the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District 1 Administrator of the Year.
Falls, who will retire after the school year, his 40th as an educator, has been A.D. at Michigan City for the last nine years after spending six years as the boys basketball coach. He coached for 20 years at Elston prior to its consolidation with Rogers.
One of five recipients, Falls will be presented with a plaque at a ceremony April 25 during the IBCA annual spring clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
Portage's Lawrence second at national meet: Portage sophomore Steven Lawrence finished second in the 138-pound weight class at the recent USA Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"It felt pretty nice, because I had no idea how good I'd do going into the tournament," Lawrence said. "It's probably right there with (placing at) the state tournament."
Lawrence, a seventh-place finisher at state in the same weight, lost to Wisconsin state champion Devin Bahr in the semifinals. Bahr won the final over Connor Penka (Kansas), and Lawrence bested Penka 5-3 in the "true" second-place match to wind up 7-1 for the two-day event.
"I've competed there before, so there was a lot less pressure than state," Lawrence said. "I didn't make weight last year, so I had to bump up. I knew I'd be off to a good start as long as I made weight."
Lawrence will continue to wrestle throughout the spring and summer, and hopes to qualify for the Fargo Nationals.
"I've got really good coaches, good practice partners, and I just really like to wrestle," Lawrence said.
Portage coach Leroy Vega said the ceiling is high for Lawrence, given his limited experience.
"For him to be beating kids who have wrestled all their lives when he's only been wrestling like three years, it’s amazing," Vega said. -- Jim Peters