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The 6th grade team St. Mary Catholic Community School wCYO Championship Saturday January 26 2013 celebrated an undefeated season. Pictured

The 6th grade team at St. Mary Catholic Community School won the CYO Championship on Saturday, January 26, 2013 and celebrated an undefeated season. Pictured are, from left, front row, Brad Duda, Ernie Anderson, Chris Finissi, Nick Morgan, Luke Wartman, S

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2013 CROWN POINT Baseball

coach Steve Strayer (11th year) DAC games in CAPs

3-20 W) Andrean (Scrimmage) 4:00 PM

3-25 (M) Elkhart Central 4:30 p.m.

3-26 (Tues) Warsaw 4:30 p.m.

3-30 (Sat) @ Elkhart Memorial 12 noon

4-2 (Tues) @ Bishop Noll 4:30 p.m.

4-4 (Thurs) @ Munster - 4:40 p.m.

4-6 (S) @ (Chicago) Mount Carmel - 11 a.m

4-9 (Tues) LAKE CENTRAL - 4:30 p.m.

4-11 (Thurs) @ MERRILLVILLE - 4:30 p.m.

4-15 (M) MICHIGAN CITY - 4:30 p.m.

4-17 (W) @ LaPORTE - 4:30 p.m.

4-19 (F) @ CHESTERTON - 4:30 p.m.

4-23 (Tu) @ VALPARAISO - 4:30 p.m.

4-25 (Th) PORTAGE - 4;30 p.m.

4-27 (Sat) Hamilton Southeastern - 10:00 a.m.

4-27 (Sat) Bellmont - 2 p.m.

4-29 (M) @ LAKE CENTRAL - 4:30 p.m.

5-1 (W) MERRILLVILLE - 4:30 p.m.

5-3 (F) @ MICHIGAN CITY - 4:30 p.m.

5-4 (S) @ (Crawfordsville) N. Mongomery - 1 p.m. EST

5-4 (S) @ Crawfordsville - 4:30 p.m. (EST)

5-7 (Tues) LaPORTE - 4;30 p.m.

5-9 (Thurs) CHESTERTON - 4:30 p.m.

5-10 (F) BOONE GROVE - 7 p.m.

5-14 (Tues.) VALPARTAISO - 4:30 p.m.

5-16 (Thurs) PORTAGE - 4:30 p.m.

Benton Central Invitataional

5-18 (S) semifinal game - 9 a.m.

5-18 (S) 3rd place or championship - (TBA)

5-20 (M) @ Kankakee Valley - 4:30 p.m.

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If you were surprised to note that the two northern semistate sites for girls basketball are Warsaw and Crown Point, you may have been as surprised as a lot of us were.

The CPHS athletic obviously department wasn’t trying to ease the path to the state finals for its own girls as the Lady Bulldogs knew early this would be a roguh season while Michigan City and Merrillville were reruning powers at this week’s Class 4A Portage sectional.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association owns the state tourney and they keep all the ticket money you pay to get in. So why host?

“They needed a site and they asked so we said OK,” athletic director Bill Dorulla said last week. “We’ll make a little money off concessions.”

I think that the CP athletic department, which hosted a 3A regional boys double-header two years ago, may simply like the prestigue of being a host site for the basketball tournament.

CPHS had never hosted anything beyond a sectional in basketball until two years ago, and I doubt there has ever been an IHSAA semistate basketball game played in Lake County.

If you’re guessing who would be there, a lot depends on Warsaw. If the Tigers (19-1) win the Valparaiso Regional on Feb. 16, they will probably play on their home floor, especially if the foe is from the Fort Wayne area.

CPHS would then get Class 1A, 2A or 3A games.

But if Merrillville (19-1) were to win the Valpo Regional, it seems almost certain it would play in Crown Point.

Since the site assignements for the reginal winners are not made until after the regionals are played, any NW Indiana team could conceivably be playing on the Bulldogs’ floor in south Lake County on Feb. 23.

CP baseball coach Steve Strayer says that there will be a Senior Babe Ruth team with CPHS players using Teagle Field, former home of Crown Point Post 20 baseball, as its home base.

The team will be ages 16-17, but there will be not be an 18-19 year old team, as Post 20 fielded for decades. They will enter tournaments including presumably the Babe Ruth state tournament.

It sounds like a CPHS summer team of underclassmen.

“We’re going to try it for a year and see how it goes,” Strayer said.

The presence of a team means that Teagle Field, a half-century old Crown Point icon at the north end of town, will be maintained and hopefully rejuvenated.

The lack of a team regularly using the field almost certainly would have meant the destruction of the pro-sized ballpark in a year or two. CP’s present Babe Ruth ballpark on Indiana Avenue is fine for smaller boys but not large enough for play beyond the 14-year-old age bracket.

If Crown Point Babe Ruth can keep Teagle Field in quality playing condition, CP can become a home site for Babe Ruth all-star regional and state tournaments in the older age brackets in future years.

The Indiana Baseball Report website says that Andrean’s Zac Ryan is the third best senior player in the state heading into the 2013 baseball season which begins next month.

CP’s Zach Plesac is rated as the state’s ninth best senior baseball player.

Trey Ball, a 6-foot-5 outfielder and left-handed pitcher from New Castle, is said to be the state’s top player.

Crown Point’s 27-game varsity baseball schedule is adventurous as usual. The Bulldogs travel to Chicago to play tradition-rich Mount Carmel for the first time ever on April 6. The Bulldogs host Hamilton Southeastern and Bellmont on Saturday, April 27.

Crown Point has switched travel plans for the first weekend in May. CP will not play in the Plymouth Invitational as it has the last few seasons, opting to travel to Crawfordsville on Saturday, May 4 to face Crawfordsville and North Montgomery.

On the final weekend of the season, the Bulldogs again head south for the Benton Central Invitational on May 18.



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