UNLV was the final of four recruiting visits for Harley Dubsky, and the trip had a lasting impression on the Valparaiso junior golfer.
"I didn't know what to expect, but I fell in love with everything," said Dubsky, who recently made a verbal commitment to the school. "It was everything I wanted."
Dubsky has finished among the top 10 at the IHSAA state finals each of the last three seasons, placing third as a junior. One of the key points of the decision dealt with her intended major: hotel management and culinary arts.
"I sort of thought about going somewhere and majoring in business," said Dubsky, who also visited Arizona, Arkansas and Georgia. "This is a perfect deal for me both athletically and academically."
Dubsky will not sign until November, but she didn't want to lead on other schools.
"I wanted to be fair to them," she said. "It's nice to have everything taken care of."
Dubsky is in her third winter at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., but she plans on staying in Valparaiso for her entire senior year.
"It's nice, because the pressure is now off," she said. "Now I can focus on being the best golfer I can become." !~ Jim Hunsley
Griffith 79, Lake Station 41: Rodney Lewis hit five 3-pointers and ended with 19 points to lead the Panthers (10-10) in the rout. Tremmell Murphy scored 12 points, while Flint Powell and Ben Parish added 11 points each for Griffith.
Brian Patterson topped the Eagles (9-10) with 19 points.
Gary 21st Century 96, Gavit 86: Mykel Mayes scored 27 points to lead the Cougars (11-7) over the Gladiators (10-10). Dantrell Hurt (26 points) and Louis Brown (24 points) also came up big for 21st Century.
Xavier Copeland led Gavit with 16 points.
North Newton 53, South Newton 49: Wade Scheurich paced the Spartans (2-18) with 12 points in a win over the rival Rebels. Kyle Mack and Tom Nikolaj each chipped in 10 points for North Newton.
Kouts 71, River Forest 57: Max Everaert scored a season-high 35 points to lead the Mustangs (18-2) over the Ingots (7-12). Jake Bekelya added 11 points, while Andrew Birky had 10.
River Forest's Brandon Laas and JJ Pennington each scored 21.
Westville 49, Hebron 48: Mike Grylewicz's bucket with three seconds remaining gave the Blackhawks (10-9) a road win against the Hawks (9-10). Dylan Perney scored a game-high 16 points for Westville, which has won six consecutive games. Shawn Gerron added 15.
Hebron's Kyle Joyce, Tony Rose and Spencer Sheets each scored 13 points.
West Side Sectional tickets on sale at L.C., Munster: The Lake Central and Munster athletic departments will sell season tickets to the West Side Sectional games.
Fans can purchase tickets at Lake Central from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday through Monday by entering Door A. Fans can purchase tickets at Munster from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. until they're sold out.
Tickets are $10 each, which grants admission to all games of the sectional.
Andrean-Bishop Noll tickets on sale: Advance purchase of tickets for the Andrean at Bishop Noll game will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Noll athletic office.
The game between the two teams, ranked fourth in their respective classes, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop Noll.
Chesterton-Boone rescheduled for tonight: The Chesterton at Boone Grove game has been rescheduled for a 5:30 p.m. junior varsity start today.
Boone had a water pipe burst Tuesday and canceled school, not allowing the game to be played.