February 26, 2023
"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome."
This winter, the Brickies have EMBRACED the journey across all sports. The outcomes have been amazing ... including those witnessed this past week in gymnastics, basketball and diving, but the doing is what enabled opportunity because our kids know how important it is to WORK WORK WORK!!
Now we've reached the destination of this journey ... BricksCenter!
Swimming & Diving
On Tuesday night, senior Eian Ferba joined 19 other divers @ Mishawaka High School for the IHSAA Diving Regional to compete for a spot in Saturday's STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS! Eian qualified for the regional competition after placing 3rd at last week's IHSAA Sectional!! In order to advance to STATE, he needed to place in the TOP 8 at Tuesday's Regional.
DONE!! Eian was AWESOME competing in his VERY FIRST regional ... 4th place after 5 dives, still 4th after 8 dives and ending up 4th by 1 point over Tyson Borgelt from Valparaiso to punch his ticket to the IHSAA STATE FINALS!!
Saturday morning, competition began at 9AM down in Indy at the IUPUI Natatorium. At STATE, all 32 qualifiers get 5 dives. From there, the top 20 scorers get 3 more ... and then only the top 16 advance to the finals. With this being Eian's first trip to state, you might think he was a little nervous? Especially considering his older brother Ethan was a 3X state qualifier. NOPE! Eian was as cool as the other side of the pillow ... having fun with it, focusing on what he could control and letting the rest take care of itself!
So ... how did he do?
After 5 dives ... 7th place & advanced!
After 8 dives ... 16th place & heading into the finals!!
Eian's final three dives in front of a near capacity crowd at the Nat were FANTASTIC! Remember, this is in fact the state finals and other divers have some doozies of their own. In spite of how brightly Eian SHINED, he remained at 16th after all 11 dives finished. First trip to state ... advanced to the semifinals ... advanced to the finals ... finished as the 16th best diver in INDIANA ... NOT TOO SHABBY!!
This quote was taken from the Hobart Swimming & Diving Facebook page:
Freshman year as a brand new diver, Eian placed 14th in the sectional with a score of 237.05. This season he won the NCC title with a score of 420 and placed 16th IN THE STATE. Hard work and perseverance. Well done Eian! So proud of you!
WHAT A JOURNEY!!
CONGRATULATIONS EIAN!! CONGRATULATIONS ALSO GOES OUT TO COACH RINAS FOR HELPING HIM BE EXCELLENT ON PURPOSE!!
Check out this video of Eian's journey! THANK YOU to Coach Rinas for putting it together!
On Tuesday, the Lady Brickies hosted state ranked Lake Central and individuals from Munster & Morgan Township in the regular season finale. In their final tune-up before the IHSAA Sectional, our girls were simply AMAZING!! Senior Haylie Skripac was FANTASTIC with a 2nd place finish in the all-around and a SEASON BEST score of 34.550!
On Saturday, Hobart traveled to Valparaiso High School to compete in the IHSAA Sectional!
To say that our gymnastics sectional is a tough one could be the understatement of the year. A team from this sectional has won 15 of the last 20 IHSAA State Championships since the Lady Brickies brought home the title in 2004!
The Lady Brickies performed the best they could versus the stacked field. Senior Haylie Skripac had an OUTSTANDING routine on bars to earn 12th place in that event ... she also finished 14th on the vault, 25th on beam and 39th on floor for a TOP 20 ALL-AROUND FINISH OF 17TH! Sophomore Elizabeth Crespo stayed the course and competed with pride finishing 37th in both vault & beam and 43rd on the floor out of 50 participants!
Of the 15 schools represented, Hobart finished 14th. Crown Point and Lake Central advanced ... along with sectional champion Valparaiso ... to next week's regional.
CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH CRESPO AND OUR GIRLS FOR A GREAT SEASON!
On Tuesday night, Hobart hosted Whiting in the 11th annual SILENT NIGHT game! Brickie students showed up in costume to help cheer on our boys to a victory ... well, only after Hobart scored their 8th point :). Senior Vonzell Strayhorne was the fortunate Brickie cager to score the coveted 8th point and he completed a traditional 3-pt play in the process of leading Hobart to an 18-12 first quarter lead! Our boys continued to execute well on both ends of the floor throughout the contest ... beating the Oilers in every period to seal a convincing 65-37 VICTORY!! Strayhorne finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds ... senior Keith Mullins added 12 points and 6 rebounds, classmate Gabe Dickerson and sophomore Felix Lopez also reached double figures in the scoring column with 10 a piece in the win!
Friday night, the Wheeler Bearcats visited The Friendly City for SENIOR NIGHT! Prior to the varsity warmups, the Brickies recognized an OUTSTANDING group of seniors & families for their hard work work work and dedication committed to Hobart High School! Seniors honored were Celeste Garcia, Sabrina Gonzalez, Alejandra Rios, Sarah Romeo & Hannah Stewart from Cheer and Gabe Dickerson, Keith Mullins & Vonzell Strayhorne from hoops.
Early on, the Bearcats were the aggressors, but Hobart hung tough and led 9-7 after 1 stop. The 2nd quarter went back-and-forth, but a Lopez 3 from the top of the key beat the halftime buzzer and the Brickies held 27-16 at the break!! Over the final 16 minutes, our boys kept the Bearcats caged up on the D-D-D-Defensive end ... holding them to just 16 points (to match the first half total) en route to a 44-32 VICTORY!!! Lopez had 14 points & 7 rebounds and Strayhorne added 13 points & 9 rebounds to help Hobart earn their 2nd "W" of the week!
The Brickies finished the regular season an even 11-11 and will open IHSAA Sectional play vs. Kankakee Valley over at Crown Point on Wednesday night. Tip off is scheduled for 6pm and tickets can be purchased online here:
GOOD LUCK BOYS! WE BELIEVE!!
SILENT NIGHT 2023
IHSAA Sectional @ Crown Point High School
After celebrating FOUR student athletes signing National Letters of Intent over the last two weeks, the wheels on the NEXT LEVEL BUS kept rolling this past week with two more!
Haylie Skripac will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Bethel University! The Pilots compete at the NAIA level and are members of the Crossroads League. During her time at HHS, Haylie has participated in cross country, bowling, gymnastics, and track & field. In 2022, she was an IHSAA Regional qualifier in the 300m hurdles! At Bethel, Haylie will compete as a member of the Pilot track & field team.
Viv Garcia will join Lady Brickie teammate Rylee Cotton at Indiana University South Bend! The Titans compete at the NAIA level and are members of the CCAC (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference). Viv has been a mainstay in the midfield for Hobart Girls Soccer over the last few years!
These student athletes have been great ambassadors of Brickie athletics and will no doubt continue to represent us well at the NEXT LEVEL!! CONGRATULATIONS HAYLIE & VIV! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!
Stay tuned for more updates!
Haylie Skripac signs @ Bethel University!
Viv Garcia signs @ Indiana University South Bend!
Sports Schedule This Week
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Boys Basketball vs. Kankakee Valley @ IHSAA SECTIONAL (Hosted by Crown Point High School)
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Boys Basketball @ IHSAA SECTIONAL (*If advance on Wednesday)
Boys Basketball @ IHSAA SECTIONAL (*If advance on Friday)
Girls Track & Field @ Purdue University (WL Individual HSR Qualifier)
Boys Track & Field @ Purdue University (WL Individual HSR Qualifier)