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Valparaiso Regional

When: 1 p.m. Saturday.

What to watch: No. 1 Chesterton comes in the favorite to win its first regional title since 2007 and as a major threat to end Valparaiso's 10-year regional reign. The Trojans went undefeated in the regular season and won the Duneland Athletic Conference and sectional meets. They scored a school-record 114.975 at sectionals with their trio Jordan Bush, Sophie Hunzelman and Mia Pak going 1-2-3 in the all-around, including wins from Bush (floor), Hunzelman (beam) and Pak (vault). Valpo returns defending champs Jenna Algozine (all-around) and Rachel Moneta (floor, vault). Algozine won on bars at sectionals and Lizzy Wilson tied for second on floor, while Whitney McKeon and Moneta were fourth and sixth in the all-around, respectively. Portage is seeking its first state berth since 2015. Michaella Drake led the Indians with a fifth-place finish in the all-around last week. Crown Point has four individual qualifiers with Kaleigh Stack and Paige Hein on floor, along with Madison Rolle and Kaitlyn Smith on beam. Merrillville's Abby Smith (bars) and Michigan City's Caroline Weber (beam) will also look to punch an individual ticket to Indianapolis. — CJ Peters

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CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.