Valparaiso high School's Harley Dubsky tees off. High school girls from across the state competed Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in the final round of the 40th Annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin. | Doug McSchooler~for the Post-Tribune
Updated: March 21, 2013 6:46AM
Harley Dubsky wanted to get her college choice out of the way well before her senior year at Valparaiso High School and even before the girls golf season starts in early August.
But she expedited the process even more — her goal was April or May — after visiting the fourth school she was considering. It turned out the last school was too good to turn down, and she verbally committed to the UNLV.
“They talk about ‘that moment’ when you visit a school,” said Dubsky, who finished third in the IHSAA state finals last fall. “After going to the three other campuses (Arkansas, Georgia and Arizona), the moment for me was meeting the coach, seeing the facility, the campus … everything just fell into place. I’d never been to Vegas, but they have my major and I love the coach.”
A perennial Post-Tribune all-area first-teamer, Dubsky averaged 72.1 for 18 holes last season for the Vikings. She also won West Lafayette Regional medalist honors with a 73 on a very tough, windy day.
Gabor calls it a career: The Griffith girls basketball team’s regional loss to Plymouth on Saturday didn’t just end the Panthers’ season. It ended one of the longest and most successful coaching runs in the region.
Jack Gabor was the baseball and boys basketball coach at Bishop Noll, where he led the Warriors to the final four in 1988, before serving the past four years as an assistant with the Griffith girls team. All told, that’s 38 years of coaching that ended this past weekend.
“The secret to winning is to have good players,” Gabor said. “You can X and O all you want, but if you don’t have players who respect you, you just aren’t going to win. I’ve been very blessed to have good players and good assistant coaches when I was a head coach, and now a quality program with (Griffith girls head coach) Tom (Golumbeck) and Griffith.”
The decision to leave was Gabor’s. He said traveling was a major factor in his decision (it’s a 45-minute drive from his home to Griffith).
“But it was worth it when you have kids who appreciate what you do,” Gabor said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more other than a state championship, but you don’t coach solely for that reason.”
— Deputy sports editor Steve T. Gorches and correspondent Tommy Williams contributed