A few thoughts from another busy weekend of high school sports.
MISHAWAKA — Northridge coach Lawrence Baltazar pursed his lips tight for a moment, about as air-tight as his Raiders’ defense had shown itself to be earlier in the day while knocking off an unbeaten defending state champion.
ELKHART — One of the greatest and most suspenseful victories in the rich history of Elkhart Central football — achieved in the school’s last-ever regular-season game at Rice Field — came down to a player in his first year of football.
Senior Jaden Miller scored three touchdowns – including two key ones in the fourth quarter – to lead NorthWood to a 40-20 victory over Plymouth on Friday, handing the Rockies their first Northern Lakes Conference loss of the season.
GOSHEN — Two-time defending sectional champion Penn and defending sectional champion Warsaw posted convincing wins Thursday in second round action at the Class 4A Goshen Sectional.
GOSHEN — Led by a stunning comeback in game two, Elkhart Memorial's volleyball team upended Goshen, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, in opening round action Tuesday at the Class 4 sectional at Goshen High School.
DUNLAP — After the top three finishers at the IHSAA Elkhart Girls Cross Country Sectional on Saturday, came a gaggle of Northridge runners wearing bright yellow.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced on Thursday that Elkhart's North Side Gym will again host two North Semistate boys basketball games on March 21, 2020.
MISHAWAKA — Conversions can be among football’s most routine plays, but Penn went “beast” mode on routine plays Friday night, and in the process extended a beastly streak that may now last into perpetuity.
Breydan Weston scored from two yards out with 6:15 remaining on Friday to give Elkhart Memorial a 21-14 victory over Wawasee in Northern Lakes Conference football action.
MISHAWAKA — When the girls soccer sectional draw came out, it appeared a strong possibility that Penn and Northridge would play for the Class 3A sectional championship at Penn High School.
MISHAWAKA — On a night when Northern Indiana Conference rivals Penn and Elkhart Central reached the semifinals of the Class 3A Penn Girls Soccer Sectional, perhaps the biggest story came from Concord junior goaltender Kendal Swartout.
MIDDLEBURY — After what happened during the regular season, Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial weren't considered favorites in quarterfinal action Tuesday at the Northridge Class 3A boys soccer sectional.
Senior All-State candidate Mark Brownlee carried the ball 20 times for 209 yards and scored four touchdowns, as Elkhart Central improved to 6-1 with a 40-0 victory over South Bend Adams on Northern Indiana Conference North Division action on Friday night.
ELKHART — There were not 100 players contributing to Mike Campbell’s 100th victory as Jimtown head football coach — after all, there are just 48 on the varsity roster — but it started to feel like 100 of them during a chilly Friday night at Sharpe Stadium.
NorthWood, which captured its first-ever Northern Lakes Conference boys tennis title last Saturday, is hoping to gain its first sectional championship since 2007.
KENDALVILLE — NorthWood High School sophomore Cybil Stillson shot a 67 on Monday to earn medalist honors at the East Noble Girls Golf Regional, which was delayed from Saturday by wet conditions.
Two-time defending girls soccer sectional champion Northridge opens up Class 3A sectional play next Thursday with a semifinal matchup against Elkhart Memorial at Penn High School.
ELKHART — It was a breezy Saturday evening at Rice Field, though the strongest breeze of all may have been Mishawaka football coach Keith Kinder’s exhale after his Cavemen survived previously undefeated Elkhart Central’s comeback.