Michigan City vs La Porte rivalry draws full house for the double-header

Michigan City vs La Porte rivalry draws full house for the double-header
By: Kali Beatty Last Updated: January 25, 2020

The Michigan City High School (MCHS) vs La Porte High School (LPHS) rivalry has been going on for decades as both teams bring everything they have and more to the court.

The girls basketball teams played first as their corresponding boys teams sat by as their school’s loudest cheerleaders. Once the boys took over the court, the girls teams offered the same support. It was nothing but love and respect between the boys and girls players. 

LPHS senior, Micah Spatt, was pumped to be able to make the rivalry game even better with a doubleheader. Feeling Confident going into his own rivalry game, he was excited to be there to see what the girls could do. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL La Porte VS Michigan City 2020

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“We don’t get to see each other play a lot so it’s awesome to be able to come out and support each other,” Spatt said. “It’s an awesome feeling for both teams just to get to see each other and support each other.”

Nyla Asad, also a senior at LPHS was equally as stoked to be able to share this rivalry game with the boys. After a fantastic game herself, she had all of the confidence in the La Porte boys to come out and do the same. 

“It feels great having all of the support, we knew today was a big game so we knew a lot of people were going to come out and support and it’s awesome having the boys here,” Asad said. “We had a great game and we’re hoping the boys do as well.”

Dez’Mand Hawkins, a senior at MCHS says the Michigan City boys and girls basketball teams have become close friends in supporting each other at their games, making this doubleheader no different than the rest. 

BOYS BASKETBALL La Porte VS Michigan City 2020

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“It’s great team spirit for us to come out and support each other tonight because a lot of people don’t always make it to our games so we always make sure to support each other,” Hawkins said. “It’s great to have all the support tonight and we’re going to get this W.”

MCHS junior, Kiara Harvey, was happy to receive the added support from her fellow student-athletes.

“It feels very, very good to have the boys come out and support us tonight, we’re grateful to have a boys team that wants to come to our games, and us go out to theirs,” Harvey said. “The best part is that this game is close so everyone can come out to support us and it feels good to support my team.”

The La Porte girls took home the win against Michigan City with a score of 62-28. While the La Porte boys fell to Michigan City in a nail-biting finish with a score of 73-70.