January 9, 2022
On Saturday, the entire state of Indiana got it's own version of FROZEN as roads became treacherous thanks to "The Snow Queen" better known as Mother Nature. The good news? All Brickie teams were able to compete and make it home safely thanks to some OUTSTANDING bus drivers and transportation staff!! Overall, it was a FULL first week back for Hobart with swimming, diving, wrestling and hoops all in action!
Still worried about the weather? Let It Go ... it's time for BricksCenter!
You guessed it ... the Brickie wrestlers had TWWWOOOOOOOOOO meets this week!
Back on December 11th, Hobart took 2nd place at the Tom Cameron Invite over at Merrillville High School after going 4-1 on the day. One of our opponents at the invite was Kankakee Valley and our boys CAGED up the Kougars and won 65-15. Fast forward to Tuesday and it was Hobart vs. KV again ... this time down in DeMotte. Different day ... same result as once again our boys PINNED down the conference foe and earned a convincing 58-18 VICTORY!! With the regular season NCC round-robin competition complete, the Brickies are 5-0 AGAIN, which assures us of at least a tie for the conference title ... for the 8th straight year! Still, we don't like to share, so Hobart will go for the outright championship next Saturday at the NCC Conference meet hosted by Lowell!
IHSWCA TEAM STATE
Saturday, Franklin Community High School served as the host for the IHSWCA Class 3A TEAM STATE competition. Hobart earned an invite for the 2nd year in a row ... and just the 3rd time in school history!
Hobart was paired against top-seeded Indianapolis Roncalli in the quarterfinals. Junior Jacob Simpson got the Brickies off to an exciting start with a PIN at 182! Classmates Trevor Schammert & Donovan Ruiz ... along with freshman Seth Aubin ... would also secure individual victories, but ultimately the Rebels were too much and won 54-18.
The Bricks faced Floyd Central next in the consolation bracket. This one was a BATTLE!! Hobart won 7 of the 14 matches ... each team was matching the other, it was literally PIN for PIN!! Unfortunately, the Highlanders secured 1 more pin that our boys and outscored us 42-39 in the closest match of the day in Class 3A.
In the final competition of the day, Mishawaka was the opponent and this one also went down to the wire! Hobart jumped out to an early 22-0 lead ... then the Cavemen stormed back to take a 31-28 lead. The Brickies turned to Simpson @ 182 who secured a PIN midway through the 2nd period to put Hobart back in the lead at 34-31!! Then it was senior Justin Sawyer @ 195 who extended the Brickie lead to 40-31 with a THRILLING PIN before the 2nd period buzzer!! Mishawaka won the final match, but it was too little, too late as the Brickies WON 40-34!!
The Brickies wrestled their butts off on Saturday and finished 7th in the STATE! Schammert & Simpson went undefeated (3-0) and look poised to make deep post-season runs ... Ruiz, Sawyer, Aubin, junior Jonny McGill and senior Alex Pickett notched two wins each ... and everyone gained valuable experience against the BEST in Class 3A from around the state.
Our boys SHINED on the big stage and represented HHS extremely well in terms of their GRIT & TOUGHNESS ... two vital traits to carry while navigating the #Brickrode. The overall success of our kids' experience at Team State and the growth our young guys showed ... improving each round throughout the competition ... sets the stage for an EXCITING next 4 weeks and hopefully some post-season hardware!
Hobart is 14-3 on the season, 5-0 in the NCC, and back in action this week with home contests against Hammond Morton (Wednesday) and the IHSWCA Class 4A STATE CHAMPION Crown Point Bulldogs (Friday). If I were you, I'd get there early :)
Let's Go Bricks!!
Schammert is 6-0 in 2 years @ TEAM STATE!
Simpson is also 6-0 in 2 years @ TEAM STATE!
Swimming & Diving
GirlsAfter a short holiday layoff, the Lady Brickies were back in the water on Thursday over at Wheeler High School. Our girls SHINED in their 1st meet since December 14th! Hobart placed 1st in 7 of the 12 events to earn an exciting 101-81 VICTORY!! Sophomore Zoe Johnston was victorious in both the 200 IM and 100 Breast ... freshman Brogan McDonald won both the 200 Free and 500 Free ... and they joined forces to help the 200 Medley & 200 Free Relays take 1st place!! Senior Chelsea Chavez ... along with classmates Morgan Sanchez & Meghan Horn ... swam on the winning relays as well! On the diving board, it was a CLEAN SWEEP by the Lady Brickies with seniors Sydney Arias & Autumn Turley going 1-2 and junior Daeges Morgan placing 3rd!
Here are some results from Thursday's tangle with the Bearcats:
200 Medley Relay - 1st = sophomore Zoe Johnston, freshman Brogan McDonald and seniors Morgan Sanchez & Chelsea Chavez
200 Free - 1st = McDonald, 2nd = C. Chavez, 3rd = junior Hailey Blood
200 IM - 1st = Z.Johnston, 5th = sophomore Sydney Johnston, 6th = senior Bridget Chavez
50 Free - 2nd = senior Brennis Carillo, 4th = senior Aisha Arias, 5th = freshman Peyton Leonard
Diving - 1st = senior Sydney Arias, 2nd = senior Autumn Turley, 3rd = junior Daeges Morgan,
100 Fly - 1st = C.Chavez, 3rd = Blood
100 Free - 2nd = senior Meghan Horn, 4th = sophomore Madison Allison, 5th = Leonard
500 Free - 1st = McDonald, 3rd = Carillo
200 Free Relay - 1st = McDonald, Chavez, Horn & Z.Johnston
100 Back - 3rd = Horn, 4th = Allison, 6th = A.Arias
100 Breast - 1st = Z.Johnston, 3rd = B.Chavez, 4th = S.Johnston
400 Free Relay - 3rd = A.Arias, Blood, Horn & Carillo
The Lady Brickies are 5-3 on the season ... 2-1 in NCC action ... and are just a few weeks away from the post-season! This is really when it gets fun :)
The Brickie boyz joined our girls over at Wheeler on Thursday for a non-conference dual meet against the Bearcats. Competing short-handed, Hobart BATTLED and scored in every race!! Senior Nathaniel Mamushe continued his FANTASTIC winter season with VICTORIES in both the 200 Free & 100 Fly! Matching the Lady Brickies on the diving board, our boys also earned a SWEEP of all 3 places ... senior Ethan Ferba was 1st with a WHOPPING 310.35 points ... sophomore Ethan Robles placed 2nd and freshman newcomer Andrew Martinez finished 3rd!
Here are some results from Thursday's meet:
200 Free - 1st = senior Nathaniel Mamushe, 4th = junior Noah Bailey
200 IM - 3rd = sophomore Brett Herrin
50 Free - 3rd = senior Kaidin Click, 4th = sophomore Travis Balding
Diving - 1st = senior Ethan Ferba, 2nd = sophomore Ethan Robles, 3rd = freshman Andrew Martinez
100 Fly - 1st = Mamushe
100 Free - 4th = Click, 5th = Balding
500 Free - 2nd = senior Ethan Sy
100 Back - 2nd = Sy
100 Breast - 2nd = Herrin
400 Free Relay - 2nd = Herrin, Sy, Mamushe & Click
Hobart is now 2-6 on the season and will get back at it with a HUGE NCC double-dual meet against Highland & Lowell on Tuesday! WE ARE HOBART!!
On Saturday, the Brickies hosted the 1st EVER Hobart Diving Invitational! Competing schools were Chesterton, Merrillville, LaPorte and our Brickies. This was a full 11-dive meet to help prepare these student athletes for the kind of competition they will see when the post-season begins in a few weeks. Well ... as they have done all year ... our BRICKS SHINED BRIGHT!!! The girls put 4 divers in the top 5 overall places and the boys finished 2nd ... ALL of our divers scored LIFETIME BESTS!!
CONGRATULATIONS to senior Sydney Arias for winning the overall title on the girls side and for the Lady Brickies for earning the TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP in this inaugural event!! Junior Daeges Morgan was 2nd ... senior Autumn Turley finished 4th and classmate Morgan Sanches 5th!
Sophomore Ethan Robles was the lone Brickie boy competing and he SOARED to a 2nd place finish!
THANK YOU to Coach Katie Rinas, Coach Eli Mercado and Coach Ken for putting on such a FANTASTIC invitational!!
LADY BRICKIES WIN the 2022 HOBART DIVING INVITATIONAL!
Sydney Arias is the overall Hobart Diving Invite CHAMPION!
Sophomore Ethan Robles is 2nd place!
Due to a COVID issue with another team, the Lady Brickies just had one contest on the schedule this past week ... a Friday night trip to Highland against the Lady Trojans. Highland entered Friday's contest on a roll after winning 7 straight games ... our girls were playing their 1st game since winning the Hobart Holiday Hoopfest just before New Year's. Unfortunately, this one was all Highland as their stifling defense held our girls to their lowest point total of the season. The Lady Trojans controlled the game from start to finish and sent Hobart home with a disappointing 52-20 defeat. Back in 1961, The Shirelles told us that "Mama said there'd be days like this". Fortunately, the Lady Brickies will get 3 chances this upcoming week to flip the script and get back on track.
The Lady Brickies are 7-8 overall and 0-4 in NCC play. Our girls will travel to Chesterton on Tuesday and then go back-to-back Friday-Saturday. LET'S GO LADIES!! YOU GOT THIS!!
On Wednesday, Hobart hosted former NCC rival Griffith in their first game of the new year. During the opening 8 minutes, the Brickies played some TENACIOUS D-D-D-DEFENSE and jumped out to an 18-10 lead! Sophomore Jevan Andrews actually matched the Panther output with 10 points of his own! In the 2nd quarter, the two teams went back-and-forth as the pace remained at a high level ... Hobart went into the locker room leading 35-24! As frantic as the 1st half of play was at times, the 2nd half slowed down as Hobart tried to close the door on any chance of a Panther win. Each time it looked like the Bricks would have control, Griffith would rally and stay in it. Fortunately, our boys made the plays they needed to down the stretch and secured the 50-43 VICTORY! Junior Keith Mullins notched a double-double - 11 points and 12 rebounds! Andrews added 10pts and the freshmen combo of Jayme Hairston (9pts) and Noah Ehrlich (8pts) kept the Brickie offensive attack balanced in the win.
Friday, the Westville Blackhawks made their way to The Friendly City for the 1st time in more than two decades. Both the Blackhawks and Brickies were riding 2-game winning streaks ... something had to give for one of them at this year's SILENT NIGHT game! Westville controlled the 1st quarter of play and held a 15-4 advantage. The Brickies WORK WORK WORKed for good looks against the Blackhawk zone all night, but just couldn't buy a basket and trailed 28-14 at the break. Unfortunately, things didn't get much better in the 2nd half and Westville left town after handing our boys a tough 63-43 defeat.
After splitting a pair of games this past week, the Brickies are an even 5-5 on the year. Hobart will lace them up again on Saturday @ Illiana Christian. GOOD LUCK BOYS!!
What makes this even more INCREDIBLE is that BOTH advanced by just 1 PIN!! The girls defeated LaPorte 336-335 for the TITLE! For the boys, it came down to the last ball in the last frame of the last game and anchor Tyler Rachau bowled a STRIKE to earn 3rd place over rival Chesterton by 1 PIN!!!
The REGIONAL competition will be held in Michigan City on Saturday, January 15th.
HOBART LADY BRICKIES - 2022 SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS!
Athlete(s) of the Month
Asia Donald - Girls Basketball
Jaydon Hence - Boys Basketball
Ethan Ferba - Diving
Jake Simpson - Wrestling
Trevor Schammert - Wrestling
Jesse Neace - Girls Basketball
Keith Mullins - Boys Basketball
Keep up the good WORK WORK WORK!
Sports Schedule This Week
C Team Boys Basketball vs. KV*
Gymnastics @ Chesterton
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Highland/Lowell *
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Highland/Lowell *
Girls Basketball @ Chesterton
Wrestling vs. Hammond Morton (SENIOR NIGHT)
Gymnastics @ Merrillville
C Team Boys Basketball vs. Valpo
Girls Swimming & Diving @ Merrillville
Boys Swimming & Diving @ Merrillville
Girls Basketball @ Lowell *
Wrestling vs. Crown Point
Wrestling @ NCC Championship Meet (Lowell High School)
Girls Basketball vs. Hammond Morton
Boys Basketball @ Illiana Christian
* = NCC Opponent