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December 13, 2020

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21 Sports ... 1 Team ... WE ARE HOBART!

Well folks, we are one week away from winter break and just under two weeks away from opening presents! ... as long as we've all been good this year :)

One of my favorite songs this time of year is by legendary American singer, comedian and actor Bing Crosby. See if you can guess which one it is ...

I'm cheering for the Hobart Brickies
Just like the teams we used to know ...
Where the purple & gold glisten

And student athletes listen
To hear a referee whistle blow ...

Ok, maybe it isn't his famous recording of White Christmas, but let's stick with this for a few more lines ...

May your days be merry and fine ...

And may all your Brickies SHINE!!

What can I say, it's my favorite time of the year! Speaking of favorite times ... it's time for BricksCenter!

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Along with grappling with COVID protocols on a daily basis, the Brickie wrestlers are finally getting to grapple with some other opponents on the mat! This week featured our home opener vs. NCC rival Lowell and a spectator-less version of the Tom Cameron Invite at Merrillville. That's right Brickie fans, our boys had TWWWOOOOOOOOO meets this past week!!!

On Thursday, Hobart welcomed the Red Devils to the Friendly City to open the Northwest Crossroads Conference season! Predicted to bring home a 7th straight crown in 2020-2021, the Brickies left little doubt regarding the plan to deliver some additional hardware to the trophy case with a CONVINCING VICTORY over Lowell 60-21!! Hobart won by fall in 8 out of 12 varsity matches and earned forfeit wins in the remaining TWWWOOOOOOOO!! 5 Brickies made quick work with their Red Devil counterpart by registering a 1st-period pin! Let's face it, Thursday was a GREAT NIGHT TO BE A BRICKIE!!

Getting six for the Brickies were the following:

Junior Trevor Schammert @ 113 lbs (won by forfeit)

Senior Jaden Skimehorn @ 120 lbs (won by forfeit)

Junior Ruben Padilla @ 126 lbs (1st period)

Senior Cristian Padilla @132 lbs (1st period)

Sophomore Trevor Triana @138 lbs

Senior Tyler Turley @160 lbs (1st period)

Junior Jacob Simpson @ 182 lbs (1st period)

Junior Justin Sawyer @ 195 lbs

Junior Ryan Flores @ 220 lbs (1st period)

Senior Bobby Babcock @ 285 lbs

Saturday morning, our boys traveled west on 73rd over to Merrillville for the Tom Cameron Invitational. Thanks to COVID, the Brickies would not be able to defend their 2019-2020 championship ... a reduced number of teams and revamped format prevented an overall champion from being crowned. Still, any day that Hobart gets to strap on headgear is a good day and Saturday provided some strong early season tests for our boys! Opponents on the day were FW Carroll, Plymouth, and NCC foe Highland.

In a tough match to start the morning, FW Carroll squeaked by the Brickies 33-32 in a grueling battle. Our boys responded well with DOMINATING victories over both Plymouth and Highland to finish 2-1 for the tournament.

Overall, the Brickies are 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in NCC action! Hobart will be back at it TWWWOOOOOOOO more times this week with a home contest against Andrean on Wednesday and the annual Super Duals on Saturday! DON'T STOP NOW BOYS!!


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Check out this short HIGHLIGHT ZONE video by Coach Cook!


Legendary college hoops announcer Dick Vitale uses the word "TRIFECTA" to reference a 3-point basket. The Lady Brickies had a "TRIFECTA" of their own over the last 7 days as it was a 3-game week for our girls!!

Tuesday night, Hobart hit the road to square off with Illiana Christian in non-conference action. The Lady Vikings came out of the locker room ON FIRE and torched our girls in the 1st quarter to go up 10-2 after 8 minutes of play. In the 2nd, the Lady Brickies poured some water on the hot-shooting Vikes with some lock-down D-D-D-DEFENSE and found some FIRE of their own on the offensive end ... roaring back to take a 19-16 lead going into halftime!! The 3rd quarter was back-and-forth as neither team could gain much advantage, but over the final 8 minutes, Hobart exerted its collective will on both ends of the floor and earned a HARD FOUGHT 41-28 VICTORY!! SUPER SOPHOMORE Asia Donald had a MONSTER GAME as she registered a DOUBLE-DOUBLE with 32 points & 16 rebounds!! Junior Melanie Leonard grabbed 10 boards as well to help Hobart secure the win!

On Friday, the Lady Brickies were again ROAD WARRIORS as they headed south to DeMotte to face the KV Kougars in NCC play. This was a BATTLE!! No one could generate much on the offensive end due to some PHENOMENAL D-D-D-DEFENSE displayed by both teams! KV led 9-6 after 1 ... 16-10 at the break ... 22-17 after 3 ... and hung on in a FURIOUS 4th quarter to win 33-28. Our girls came up just a bit short, but gave a TREMENDOUS EFFORT for 32 minutes!! Asia once again led the charge with 14 points and her sister Amarea chipped in 6.

Saturday afternoon, Hobart welcomed the Calumet Lady Warriors to town for a game that was postponed over Thanksgiving weekend. Asia Donald scored the 1st basket of the game and the Lady Brickies built an early 14-5 lead by the end of the 1st quarter thanks to 10 points from Donald. Over the next 8 minutes, our girls PUT THIS ONE AWAY with some AMAZING D-D-D-DEFENSE and OUTSTANDING transition O-O-O-OFFENSE ... outscoring Calumet 20-0 in the 2nd period with senior Lexi Williams' 9 points leading the way! Hobart would go on to win 58-28!! Asia Donald (22 pts) topped the scoring chart for Hobart once again and was joined in double figures by her sister Amarea (10) and Williams (11).

The Lady Brickies are 4-4 on the year and 0-2 in NCC play. Unfortunately, Tuesday's previously scheduled game @ LaCrosse has been postponed due to a COVID concern within the LaCrosse program ... so our girls will be back in action NEXT SATURDAY @ Andrean. GOOD LUCK LADIES!!


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Swimming & Diving

The Hobart swim & dive teams took another DOUBLE DIP in the pool this past week! The stakes definitely went up with powerhouse Munster coming to town on Tuesday and a tough road test at Crown Point on Thursday. The good news is that our Brickies are always looking make a SPLASH!! ... except the divers of course :)


On Tuesday night, the Lady Brickies hosted another NCC double-dual meet ... this time around the competing teams were perennial powerhouse Munster and a repeat from last week, the Lowell Red Devils. The Lady Seahorses were stacked and handed our girls their 1st loss of the season, 124-62. Against the Devils, Hobart again reigned supreme - increasing the margin of victory from a week ago - and sending Lowell home with another "L", 131-41!!

Senior Emma Wright scored VICTORIES in both the 50 & 100-yd Freestyle races and classmate Alivia Ahner earned another VICTORY on the diving board, defeating her closest competitor from Munster by less than a point (173.40-172.50)!!

Here are results from Tuesday's NCC clash with the horses & devils:

200 Medley Relay - 2nd = senior Emma Wright, senior Ana Tepavcevich, senior Alivia Ahner & senior Delaney O'Brien

200 Free - 4th = senior Julie Hunt, 6th = junior Brennis Carrillo, 7th = junior Meghan Horn

200 IM - 5th = Tepavcevich, 6th = junior Morgan Sanchez, 8th = junior Bridget Chavez

50 Free - 1st = Wright, 2nd = O'Brien, 6th = freshman Marie White

Diving - 1st = Ahner, 3rd = junior Sydney Arias

100 Fly - 3rd = freshman Zoe Johnston, 4th = Sanchez, 7th = freshman Addison Swims

100 Free - 1st = Wright, 3rd = O'Brien, 7th = White

500 Free - 4th = Tepavcevich, 5th = junior Brooke Blanchard, 6th = Carrillo

200 Free Relay - 2nd = O'Brien, Ahner, Tepavcevich & Wright

100 Back - 4th = Ahner, 5th = Blanchard, 7th = freshman Madison Allison

100 Breast - 2nd = Johnston, 4th = senior Julie Hunt, 6th = B.Chavez

400 Free Relay - 4th = Allison, Swims, Horn & sophomore Hailey Blood

Thursday night @ Crown Point High School, the Lady Brickies swam into another top region program in the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Emma Wright cruised to two victories (200 IM & 100 Back), classmate Delaney O'Brien looked strong in her 100 Free win, and fellow senior Alivia Ahner secured a 4th straight VICTORY in the 1-m Dive!! The final score (CP 121-65) did not reflect the competitiveness of the overall meet as our girls finished at or below season best performances across the pool!!

Here are results from Thursday @ CP:

200 Medley Relay - 2nd

200 Free - 4th = Sanchez, 5th = White, 6th = Blood

200 IM - 1st = Wright, 5th = Carrillo, 6th = B.Chavez

50 Free - 2nd = O'Brien, 3rd = Hunt

Diving - 1st = Ahner, 4th = Arias

100 Fly - 4th = Ahner, 5th = White, 6th = Blanchard

100 Free - 1st = O'Brien, 4th = Tepavcevich, 5th = Sanchez

500 Free - 2nd = Johnston, 5th = Tepavcevich, 6th = Carrillo

200 Free Relay - 3rd

100 Back - 1st = Wright, 4th = Horn, 6th = Allison

100 Breast - 2nd = Johnston, 5th = Hunt, 6th = B.Chavez

400 Free Relay - 2nd

The Lady Brickies are 3-2 on the season ... 2-1 in NCC action ... and will celebrate SENIOR NIGHT with an intrasquad swim THIS THURSDAY in the Aquatics Center!!


Our boys joined the girls in facing Munster & Lowell on Tuesday night in the HHS Aquatics Center. Once again competing a bit short-handed, the Brickies GOT AFTER IT and swam well!

The phrase DYNAMIC DUO ... usually reserved for DC superheroes Batman & Robin ... applies fittingly to juniors Ethan Ferba & Hayden Maggio as they once again went 1-2 on the diving board where they have pulled the ole' 1-2 in 3 consecutive meets! Ultimately, both the Seahorses & Red Devils left the Friendly City with victories, but our boys are giving a tremendous effort and showing improvement weekly!

Here are results from Tuesday's meet:

200 Free - 6th = sophomore Owen Finch, 7th = freshman Brett Herrin

200 IM - 6th = junior Nathaniel Mamushe

50 Free - 7th - junior Ethan Sy, 8th = freshman Luke Weinman

Diving - 1st - junior Ethan Ferba, 2nd = junior Hayden Maggio, 4th = freshman Ethan Robles

100 Fly - 7th = sophomore Noah Bailey

100 Free - 6th = Sy, 8th = Weinman

500 Free - 5th = Mamushe, 7th = Bailey

200 Free Relay - 5th = Finch, Sy, Bailey & Mamushe

100 Back - 6th = Finch

100 Breast - 6th = Herrin

400 Free Relay - 5th = Finch, Sy, Bailey & Mamushe

After facing one of the best teams in the "219" on Tuesday in Munster, Thursday's competition at Crown Point provided no rest for the weary as the Bulldogs are also a top tier program. One of the best things about this year's boys team is that they have NO FEAR! Sophomore Owen Finch led a trio of Brickies to VICTORY in the 100 Free by finishing in 1st place followed by classmate Noah Bailey and freshman Luke Weinman! The DYNAMIC DUO was at it again on the diving board as Ferba & Maggio went 1-2 over the dogs!! The final score ended up a victory for the Bulldogs, 126-48, but the experience competing against the best will add up to a victory for the Brickies down the road!

Here are results from Thursday's meet:

200 Medley Relay - 3rd

200 Free - 3rd = Herrin

200 IM - 4th = Mamushe

50 Free - 3rd = Weinman

Diving - 1st - Ferba, 2nd = Maggio

100 Fly - 3rd = Bailey

100 Free - 1st = Finch, 2nd = Bailey, 3rd = Weinman

500 Free - 2nd = Finch

200 Free Relay - 2nd

100 Breast - 3rd = Herrin

The Brickies are 0-5-1 on the season (a scoring error at Knox last week gave the Brickies a tie) and 0-3 in NCC action. A SENIOR NIGHT celebration takes place this Thursday with some intrasquad fun. LET'S GO BRICKS!!


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Athlete Of The Month

After missing our October recognition due to COVID ( ... not really, but everything else seems to blame this despicable virus, so we might as well join the club), the HHS Athletic Dept would like to DOUBLE-UP this month on our student athletes!

CONGRATULATIONS to our October and November Athletes of the Month!


Freshman Adriana Arauz - cross country

Freshman Ryan Mattel - cross country


Sophomore Asia Donald - girls basketball

2020 Varsity Football Team - STATE FINALISTS!!

Keep up the good work, Brickies! We are VERY PROUD of you!


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The BEASTS OF THE BRICKYARD were in the spotlight again this past week with some impressive post-season recognition! Here is a run-down of some awards our gridiron greats received after giving us one of the greatest shows on turf in 2020!!

Senior Bobby Babcock

Mr. Football Finalist, Top LB in Indiana, IFCA Top 50 (2nd consecutive year)

Senior Zach Vode

IFCA Top 50

Senior Cam Smith

IFCA Class 4A Senior All-State

Junior Ryan Flores

IFCA Class 4A Junior All-State


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#11 Bobby Babcock

Sports Schedule This Week


9th Boys Basketball @ Boone Grove


No Events Scheduled


Wrestling vs. Andrean *

9th Girls Basketball @ Hanover Central


No Events Scheduled


No Events Scheduled


Wrestling - Hobart Super Duals (No Spectators Allowed)

Girls Diving @ Warsaw Invite

Boys Diving @ Warsaw Invite

Girls Basketball @ Andrean *

* = NCC Opponent