Ari Gerdt scored 17 points and Aleah Ferngren notched 14 as Valparaiso breezed past South Central 66-46 in girls hoops action on Tuesday.

Gerdt and Ferngren each hit three 3-pointers. Amber Wolf scored 14 points for the Satellites.

Crown Point 57, Lowell 19: Mya Scheidt (16 points), Ellie VanDeel (14) and Abby Stoddard scored in double figures to lead the Bulldogs.

Highland 68, Gavit 23: The balanced Trojans were paced in the decisive victory by Amanda Cruse (12 points), Jen Sheehan (11) and Micahela Schmidt (10).

Portage 69, Hobart 21: Alexis Switzer's 16 points paced the Indians' rout. Kristen Craven scored 11, matching Switzer with three 3s for Portage (4-2).

Kouts 47, Washington Township 30: Sadie Leatherman notched the double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and a 20-0 third quarter lifted the Fillies to the Porter County Conference victory. Morgan Kobza added 14 points and nine rebounds for Kouts (3-4, 1-0).

Olivia Klinger had 16 points with four threes for Washington Twp. (4-2, 0-1). Sydney Yagelski racked up 10 blocks. 

Boys basketball

Victory Christian 75, Mishawaka Christian 38: Ben Lackey scored 17 points to lead the Lions (4-0) in a blowout. Tyler Schmidt added 14 points. Jack Carlson had 10.

Westville 82, Culver 52: Cade Albers and Tyrese Walker powered the Blackhawks to the blowout victory. Albers put up 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, while Walker posted six rebounds and 22 points, including a dunk in the third quarter when Westville outscored the Cavaliers 27-9 to break open the game.

Boys swimming

Highland 119, Lowell 59: Ethan Churilla took first in the 50-yard and 100 freestyle events, adding wins in the 200 medley and free relay for the Trojans.

Brenden Kinnis won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Red Devils.

Wheeler 102, Knox 62: Sonny Vitello won the 50 and 100 free for the Bearcats. He also swam on the victorious 200 free and medley relays.

Valparaiso 97, Lake Central 88: Valparaiso picked up wins in the 200 medley/free relays, also winning the 400 free relay. Ryan Hrosik won the 50 free and Cole St. Aubin won the 100 free and they both also swam on the 200 medley and free relays.

Jack Tinsley won the 500 free and 200 IM for the Indians.

Girls swimming

Lake Central 110, Valparaiso 76: Savanna Spears won the 50 free for L.C., also swimming legs of the first-place 200 and 400 free relays as the Indians picked up a Duneland Conference win. Paige Bakker won the 100 free, also swimming on the 200 and 400 free relays.

Shannon McCall (500 free), Liz Simac (100 breast), Jackie Bontager (200 free), and Alicia Kleckner (diving) won individual events for the Vikings.

Lowell 116, Highland 65: Angie Fisher (50 free, 100 back) and Beth Vaught (200 IM, 100 butterfly) won for the Red Devils, also adding a win on the 200 medley relay. Fisher was also on the victorious 400 free relay.

Raqual Divilia won the 200 and 500 free and swam a leg of the winning 200 free relay team for the Trojans.

Wheeler 98, Knox 75: Laura Wong won the 100 breast and 200 IM and swam on the winning 200 medley and free relays for the Bearcats.

LaPorte 96, Michigan City 87: Abigail Roberts (100 free, 50 free) and Alicia Wireman (100 fly, 200 IM) had wins for the Slicers. They also swam on the winning 200 medley and free relays.


Gavit 49, Highland 17: The Gladiators registered five pins among 11 wins in the dual triumph.

Prep baseball

Hawkins, Murphy to be inducted into IHSBCA Hall of Fame: The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association will induct West Side grad LaTroy Hawkins and former Valparaiso coach Pat Murphy into its Hall of Fame at a banquet on Jan. 27, 2018.

Hawkins, who graduated from West Side in 1991, spent 21 seasons in Major League baseball with the Minnesota Twins, Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, N.Y. Yankees & Mets, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, L.A. Angels and Toronto Blue Jays. He made the postseason six times in his career and played in the 2007 World Series with the Colorado Rockies. He ranks 10th on the MLB's all-time list in game appearances and is one of only 13 relievers to record a save against all 30 teams and appear in 60-or-more games in 10 different seasons. Hawkins joined the Twins front office in 2016 as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.

Murphy is a graduate of Valparaiso High and St. Joseph's College before returning to coach the Vikings. He had 483 wins in 28 seasons with 13 sectional titles, two Duneland Athletic Conference championships and three District Coach of the Year honors. He was inducted into the Valpo High hall of fame in 2010.

The pair join coach Rich Andriole (Cathedral, Guerin Catholic), contributor Colin Lister (Fort Wayne) and Vetran's Committee nominee Howard Kellman (Indianapolis Indians) in the induction class.