Top 10 sports articles on Portage.Life in 2021

Top 10 sports articles on Portage.Life in 2021
By: Anekah Fish, Ashley Wilson, Carter Puckett, Gena Demuth, Grace Bentkowski, Peyton Mahlmann, Tommy Elwood Last Updated: December 21, 2021

Region athletes brought the excitement in 2021 as they took the field, court, track, mat, course, stage, and so much more to show off their skills and prove that their hard work has paid off. With so many different games and matches happening across high school and college teams in our area, it can be hard to keep track of all the memories and incredible moments in action.

We have summarized the best sports articles from this past year so you don’t have to. These are the highlights from basketball, football, swimming, running, gymnastics, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, tennis, softball, golf, and many more.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 sports articles from Portage.Life in 2021:

Experienced local trio of officials called the shots as the Vikings hosted the Indians

By day they help keep the city and parks of Crown Point running, but by night, this trio keeps local basketball courts running smoothly. This trio is none other than Crown Point Mayor David Uran, Head of Crown Point Sports Fields Larry Samano, and Crown Point Parks Department Resource Manager, Paul Waisnora. 

Portage defeats Hobart in overtime and moves on in IHSAA sectionals

Chesterton High School hosted Portage and Hobart’s boys basketball teams this Monday night for the first Sectional match. Both teams came in with a 7-14 record, and the game did not disappoint. 

Portage began the night in the lead, getting the tip and a quick three pointer from Anthony Williams to give Hobart the momentum. In the second half of the quarter, Hobart forced multiple turnovers but was unable to stop the Indians’ drives. The Indians ended up with a small lead of 15-14.

Portage Indians and Valparaiso Vikings advance to sectional playoffs

Words cannot describe the action filled Friday night as the IHSAA Sectional Basketball Semi-finals commenced at Chesterton High School. In the first game, the Lowell Red Devils took on the Portage Indians. The game could not have been much closer as the two teams battled to the end.

Bryon Clouse hired as Portage basketball coach

Bryon Clouse is set to become the head basketball coach at Portage High School. The announcement comes weeks after Rick Snodgrass retired from the position. Clouse will also be hired as a teacher at the high school.

Clouse has spent the last nine years coaching at Hanover Central High School, where his teams have seen immense success, including two sectional titles in 2019 and 2020.

Proud competitors from around the Region at Girls Duneland Athletic Conference Track & Field Meet

On Tuesday athletes from all around the Region gathered in Chesterton to compete in the Duneland Athletic Conference Track & Field Meet. This event was just the girls, with the boys competing on May 12 in Crown Point.

While the weather was freezing and athletes cowered in blankets and jackets, when they arrived on the starting line their shivers faded away into complete focus.

Boys Track & Field sprints into the DAC conference by breaking records, making friendships

“This is a wonderful competition,” Michigan City High School senior Kaydarious Jones said. “I’ve met so many friends around the neighboring cities. I play football also, and it's not this much of a friendly environment. [Here], everybody shows love.”

Friendship met sportsmanship at the 2021 Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) for boys track and field, where they made the perfect pair. Eight schools across the Region competed in various events, ranging from distance running to long jump.

Top 10 football stadiums in Northwest Indiana

Northwest Indiana is home to some great football stadiums and venues. Here’s our list of the top 10 stadiums here in Northwest Indiana. 

Growing up playing sports in Portage

Growing up playing sports in Portage was a great experience for me. I played every sport from soccer, to basketball, to baseball, to track, to wrestling, and cross country. While each sport is different from the next, every sport was played for one reason: to represent what Portage was. Every sport aimed to represent what having pride in a city meant. 

Top 10 gyms in the Region

The State of Indiana is notorious for being a basketball state. There is a saying that goes, “In 49 other states, it is just basketball,” and that still holds true today. Many of the country’s largest high school basketball gyms call Indiana home, and a few of those are located right here in Northwest Indiana. 

Here is a list of 10 of the best basketball gyms in Northwest Indiana in alphabetical order.

Your guide to cross-country courses in the Region

The Region is littered with various types of cross-country courses. From Agony Hill at the forefront of New Prairie High School's famous cross country (XC) course in New Carlisle to the twists and turns of Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso, there are different aspects that make each one a unique place to race. Some courses feature hills, like the trails of Sunset Hill, while others feature flat stretches that make them faster than others, like Lake Central High School’s home course.