REGION DOMINATES STATE FINALS: The region can safely claim its superiority in high school bowling after the IHSB state finals Saturday at Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette.
The Boone Grove girls and Lake Central boys each took home team honors while Merrillville's Carly Larson took the top prize in girls singles.
The Wolves beat the L.C. girls in the finals with a two-game total of 315 to the Indians' 304.
Larson bested Homestead's Sydney Brummet 235-234 in the final match. The Pirates senior was the second qualifier with a 670 series. Brummet was top qualifier at 710. Larson is the first region kegler to win the IHSB singles state title.
Boone's Paige Krauchaar finished sixth. Nate Sipe, of Chesterton, was the top area boys finisher in 11th place.
RESERVE GUARD SPARKS VALPO: Freshman Lexi Miller had a career-high 13 points and three 3-pointers, including a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer that changed the complexion of the game, in an 88-62 Valparaiso victory over Illinois-Chicago at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday.
“I saw that Laura (Richards) wasn’t open so I took three dribbles and took the shot,” Miller said. “Everything happened in slow-motion.”
Miller’s 3-pointer sent the Crusaders (9-14, 4-6 Horizon League) into the locker room trailing the Flames (7-16, 3-7) 39-33, but Valparaiso rattled off a 14-0 run midway through the second half to take control of the game.
“Lexi’s shot gave us a big boost,” Valparaiso coach Tracey Dorow said. “It lightened the mood for us. We came out a totally different team.”
PEREGRINES DROP HEARTBREAKER: Purdue Calumet was gunning for a share of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title, but a 92-90 loss to NAIA No. 11 Roosevelt gave the Lakers the CCAC crown.
Kami Graber scored 26 points for lead Purdue Calumet, while Patrice McBee had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Amanda Gaskin also notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
PUMAS LOSE DESPITE 3-POINT BARRAGE: St. Joseph's made 11 3-pointers Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Pumas fell 73-62 to Southern Indiana in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game.
Courtney Kvachkoff (Crown Point) made six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for the Pumas (1-22, 0 15). Kiki Wilson added three 3-pointers and 12 points.
IUN DROPS HOME CONTEST: Megan Holland had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Brittany Dewell added 12 points, but Indiana Northwest to lost Ashford 66-56.
CLARKE NETS 22 AS NO. 11 BUTLER WINS: Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points and No. 11 Butler (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10) beat Fordham (6-20, 2-9) 68-63 on Saturday, the Rams' sixth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games. The game marked the return of Andrew Smith, Butler's starting center who missed a home loss to Charlotte because of an abdominal injury. He had 12 points and made all six of his free throws.
NO. 21 IRISH FALL AT PROVIDENCE: Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence's career leader, carrying the Friars (14-11, 6-7 Big East) over No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54. Jack Cooley led Notre Dame (20-6, 8-5) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
PICKETT, LEMON LEAD BRADLEY BY INDIANA STATE: Tyshon Pickett and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 17 points apiece and Bradley (15-12, 7-8 Missouri Valley) dominated the second half in a 45-30 victory over Indiana State. Dawon Cummings scored 19 off the bench for the Sycamores (16-10, 9-6).
LOYOLA DOWNS UIC: Christian Thomas had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Loyola (14-12, 4-9 Horizon) ended a four-game losing streak by beating Illinois-Chicago 69-60. Hayden Humes, a Valparaiso High School grad, had 10 points for Flames (15-11, 6-7)
PUMAS BEATEN BY NO. 23 USI: Dayvon Sloan had 12 points, and Jon Smith and Maiscei Grier added 10 each, but St. Joseph's (6-16, 4-11) fell at home to No. 23 Southern Indiana in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game.
REDHAWKS FALL AT HOME: Despite 14 points and 12 rebounds from Baile Barnett (West Side), Indiana Northwest lost to 88-39 to Ahsford (Ohio). DeAndre Lowery (T.F. North) had 14 points for Ashford.
WEBB LEADS VALPO TO FIRST WIN OF SEASON: Cole Webb tossed eight innings of one-hit, four-strikeout ball to help Valparaiso (1-1) edge Ohio 1-0 for the Crusaders' first win of the season.
John Loeffler drove in the game's lone run. Tanner Vavra, Michael Morman and Bryce Hara each doubled for VU (1-1).
Around the horn
Bill Haas had another bogey-free round at Riviera on Saturday for a 7-under 64 — the best round of the day by three shots — that gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round of the Northern Trust Open. ... Kevin Harvick won the exhibition Sprint Unlimited race by dominating the final two segments of Saturday night's Speedweeks opener. It was Harvick's third win in the last five years in the non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.