The chaos of 2020 did not stop LaPorte County athletes from dedicating time to their sport, showing 110% effort in every game, and giving fans something to be proud of. Whether it was football, cross country, soccer, track & field, basketball, swimming, cheerleading, dance, wrestling, volleyball, bowling, hockey, gymnastics, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, or anything in between, we captured hundreds of exciting moments at nearly every game.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 sports articles from LaPorteCounty.Life in 2020:
Wheeler High School’s girls’ cross country team made history by placing sixth at the New Prairie semi-state meet, qualifying them for the state competition for the first time in the team’s history.
They may not have won any games yet this season, but defeated is not a word found in the playbook of the Westville High School boys soccer team. In fact, if the Blackhawks' playbook were to have a title, it would be called, "Motivation."
When it comes to a good golf swing, technique is everything. Players put in hours of hard work to master this skill, often taking up lessons to enhance their craft. Dedicated golfers know that solid improvement stems not just from lessons themselves, but from the tools used in training, too. At Briar Leaf Golf Club in La Porte, PGA professional Jay Williams helps players reach their performance goals on the course by implementing Orange Whip golf products into his training lessons.
With less than 140 enrolled students, La Crosse High School had rarely been the go-to spot for sports. That all changed when Eric Snyder signed on to be the varsity baseball coach. Thanks in part to Steindler Signs, A1 Site Services, and North Star Stone, La Crosse Tiger baseball can now call home a premier baseball facility that has area players lining up to play.
Casey McKim has accepted the head football coach position at New Prairie High School. McKim left his most recent role as offensive coordinator at Valparaiso High School to step into his first head coaching gig. He fills the role after the previous coach Russ Radtke took the head coaching job at Portage High School.
The National Basketball Association has allowed their teams to send workout equipment to their players to keep them fit throughout the quarantine. However, this is not applicable to high school and college students who are trying to stay fit. Gyms, tracks, and fields are closed, so how are high school and college athletes staying fit both mentally and physically during this tough time?
A native of Elkhart, Ind., Sarah DeShone has lived a life full of love, encouragement, and basketball. Growing up with a father who doubled as a basketball coach, DeShone has had basketball in her life since she was born. And with a brother who coaches at Concord High School, it’s no wonder she’s entered the family business of coaching.
2020 spring sports seasons for high schools around the country will not be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some can speculate who would’ve taken the titles around the Region. From the baseball and softball diamonds to the track, here are some thoughts on who would have won the 2020 spring sports and how that lines up for the 2021 seasons.
La Porte High School inducted six individuals into the Hubner Athletic Hall of Fame. Spanning a variety of sports and accomplishments, the 2020 inductees included Denny Mantick, Dick Hostetler, Eddie Dubbs, Greg Fruth, Elena Lancioni, and Mark Manering.
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.