VIKING SPORTS REPORT

12/10-12/16/2021

HALL OF FAME 2021

On Saturday, December 11th we inducted 13 members into the VHS Athletic Hall of Fame. We are so proud and thankful to have these men and women represent Valparaiso. Please see the Valparaiso High School Website for complete bios for each inductee.


  • Michael J. Cavanaugh Sr. - Michael was a graduate of VHS and coach for Cross Country and Track & Field. He helped coach 5 State Championship Cross Country teams as well as individual state competitors.
  • Karen Devries - A 20+ year Cross Country Head Coach and Five time State Champion.
  • Gioia Family - Dan, Tom, Dave & Carl - Dan was a contributor as a coach, referee and soccer announcer. Tom, Dave and Carl were all VHS graduates lettering in football & track, soccer and football respectively.
  • Alana Hancock - Harrington - VHS graduate and three sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and softball. Alana helped her team advance to the single State Final Four two years in a row.
  • Mark A. Hoffman - 35 year career at VHS as Head Football & Boys Track & Field Coach, Assistant Girls Track Coach and Athletic Director. Among his accomplishments includes 2 semi-State and 6 Regional Championships.
  • Jones Family - Dan Sr., Jennifer, Jessica, Colleen, Dan Jr. & Marcus - Dan Sr. a VHS graduate and Coach. All 5 children were VHS graduates lettering in swim, track and field and cross country.
  • Clint Keithley - 2000 VHS graduate and tennis player. He went 21-1 his senior year losing only in the State Semi-finals.
  • Kathy "Lev" Levandoski - VHS graduate and one of the first female sports stars in basketball and softball. Lev was also a coach and athletic trainer at VHS. Lev was the first Indiana Ms. Softball.
  • Chuck Nightingale - 1967 VHS graduate, excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He was named quarterback in the first North/South Indiana All Star Game.
  • Jeffery Allen Rybak - 1984 VHS graduate who played football and baseball. He was the only athlete to pitch 4 no hitters in one week.
  • Charles Edwin Stanier - VHS Football and Wrestling Coach in the 1960's and 1970's. He coached 3 undefeated football teams, including 1 State Championship team.
  • Rick Underwood - 1970 VHS graduate lettering in both football and track. He was a tailback on the football team, leading the team to an undefeated season.
  • Cindy Willis-Douthett - 1982 VHS graduate. Cindy competed in three sports; basketball, diving and track. She led the girls basketball team to the State Championship game during the 1981 - 1982 season.

SCORES & HIGHLIGHTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

12/10 - JV and Varsity played the Lowell Red Devils. Both has big wins.
  • JV ended the game winning 63-22. Matt Hofer led in points and rebounds with 14 and 4 respectively.
  • Varsity won 67-22. Mason Jones led with 17 points. Derrick Brooks followed him with 12 points and Connor McCall led with 6 rebounds.

12/11 - It was the Hall of Fame induction night and our Vikings did not let us down! Freshmen, JV and Varsity all defeated Kankakee Valley.

  • FR won 53-36. Julian Stokes scored 11 points for the Vikings.
  • JV won big, 42-23. Alec Platipodis led the team with 9 points.
  • Varsity dominated winning 73-40. Mason jones led the team with 18 points and 4 rebounds, Breece Walls was right behind him with 17 points and 3 assists.

12/14 - One of the area's top teams, 21st Century Charter, traveled to VHS and the Vikings were up to the challenge. JV and Varsity both had good wins.

  • JV won 45-22. Led by Matt Hofer with 10 points and Alec Platipodis with 10 rebounds.
  • Varsity finished 71-55. Blaine Dalton scored big with 17 points as did Mason Jones with 19 points. Adler Hazlett had a great game adding 10 points. (Photo Credit Palmer Photography)

12/16 - The Freshmen Boys team came up short against Merrillville, losing 42-49. It was a tough fight with the whole team giving their all.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

12/10 - The Lady Vikings took on the #1 and defending State Champions, Crown Point, and did not give up! They were defeated, but definitely can hold their heads high!
  • JV lost by 1 point, 25-26. Becca Cavanaugh was the lead scorer with 5 points.
  • Varsity lost 35-43. Campbell MacLagan led the team with 12 points. Bolanle Ayangade was next with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Emma Gerdt led the team with 6 rebounds.

12/11 - The Lady Vikings traveled to Whiting and both teams left with a win!

  • JV won 57-14. Mackenzie Wasserman led with 11 points.
  • Varsity dominated, winning 56-10. Bolanle Ayangade and Emma Gerdt led with 13 points each. Bo also led the team in rebounds with 3.

WRESTLING

12/11 - The JV wrestling team competed in the Crown Point Invite. Below are the wrestlers who placed:
  • Luke Thiel - 170 lb - 1st place
  • Nate Brumfield - 160 lb - 3rd place
  • Dylan McGuire - 220 lb - 3rd place
  • Sam Gootee - 170 lb - 4th place
  • Brian Alvarez - 182 lb - 4th place
  • Laila Collins - 220 lb - 6th place

12/15 - The Viking lost a heartbreaker to LaPorte on Senior Night 33-36. Congratulations to all of our Senior Wrestlers: Chandler Antrim, Dominick Baumgardner, Alex Bennett, Aidan Clifford, Josh Gill, Nathan Perry, Pierce Pine, Connor Svantner & Stefan Vitello. The following wrestlers won in last night's match:

  • Stefan Vitello - 138 lb. pin
  • Alex Bennett - 160 lb. pin
  • Connor Svantner - 170 lb pin
  • Xander Corning - 182 lb. pin
  • Chandler Antrim - 195 lb.
  • Dylan Kwiatkowski - 220 lb. pin

SWIM & DIVE

12/15 - The Vikings took on DAC rivals, Chesterton Trojans, at CHS Tuesday. Congratulations to the individual the event winners:
  • Girls Diving - Reagan Williams
  • Girls 500 Yard Freestyle - Andi Grasch
  • Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke - Jonah Lee