Updated: February 9, 2013 6:23AM
Crown Point faces early-season test
In its first meet of the season, Crown Point’s opponent could not have been tougher: Valparaiso, last year’s runner-up at the state finals.
The Vikings won the dual meet 110.2-100.225, and CP coach Ami Pysh said mistakes cost her team.
“We have a lot more potential than we showed that night,” she said. “We were happy to get over 100, but there’s room to grow.”
Falls on the beam, floor and vault all affected the team’s final score.
“We had a lot of mistakes; we didn’t hit on anything in particular,” Pysh said.
Freshman Hannah Best had a team-high all-around score of 33.825, good for third place. Natalie Groff and Megan Supan followed in fourth and fifth, respectively.
On Tuesday, Crown Point will look to correct some of those mistakes against LaPorte in the same gym where it won the LaPorte Pairs in December.
“They know the equipment and they know what to expect there,” Pysh said.
P-T Top 3
1. Valparaiso; 2. Portage;
Gymnast of the Week
Brandi Tuzinski, Chesterton
In Wednesday’s dual meet with LaPorte, the junior won every event, posting 9.2 on bars, 8.775 on beam, 9.525 on floor, 9.2 on vault and 36.5 all-around.
— Correspondent Dave Melton
Boone Grove senior Paige Kraushaar had tough rounds on the first and last days of the five-day Team USA Trials that ended on Monday. But in between, the Stephen F. Austin University-bound bowler performed well in the midst of some of the top female bowlers in the world.
Kraushaar averaged just under 193 for the 30 games on five different lane conditions, thanks to rounds 2, 3 and 4 in which she averaged more than 204. It was highlighted by the third round 1,285 score that included a pair of 246 games. She finished 43rd out of 85 trying out for Team USA’s adult and junior squads — in the junior standings she was 22nd. The top woman after qualifying was Dyer native and Lake Central High School graduate Diandra Asbaty of Chicago.
P-T Top 5
1. Hobart; 2. Lake Central:
3. Chesterton; 4. Hanover; 5. Lowell
1. Boone Grove; 2. Portage;
3. Lake Central; 4. Highland;
Bowlers of the Week
BOYS: Bobby Kammer, Hobart
He posted the top series in the NWI Holiday Classic with games of 266 and 263 on his way to a 735 series to help Hobart win its second straight team title.
GIRLS: Nicole Walton, Portage
She posted the high girls series in the NWI Holiday Classic with a 656. She had high games of 231 and 227.
— Steve T. Gorches