VIKING BEATDOWN

Story originally published on 01/27/2017 on lakecentralnews.com

On Friday Jan. 20, the Lady Indians played on their home court one last time before their road to State begins. The girls attempted to take home the Duneland Athletic Conference on their home court.  In addition to the game  it was also Cancer v. Coaches night. Both teams dressed in pink to show their support in the fight against Breast Cancer.

“I think we had a great crowd, and we made a great amount of money. We all played really well. It was a great atmosphere,” Lauren Ladowski (11) said.

The game began with shaky start for the Indians. Valparaiso took the lead by scoring several free-throws and layups. After their JV team was defeated only 20 minutes earlier, the Vikings were determined to come out on top, but the Indians would not give up so easily.. After a eventful first half, Lake Central only lead by a few points.

“We had to adjust our defense [and] had to be more in the gaps. We had to push the ball up more for transition,” Rachel Robards (11) said.

The second half was just as close as the first. Both teams were scoring, but the Indians held onto their lead, trying to come out on top by the time the buzzer rang for halftime.

“We were going to have to to communicate and play better defensively,” Ladowski said.

While both teams retreated into their locker rooms to discuss strategies, Lake Central led by 28-16.

“During halftime we discussed [that] we were not playing at the highest level we are known to play. We decided we weren’t going to let this game slip through our fingers, and we came back stronger and better than ever.” Bailey Fehrman (10)

Coming out of halftime, both teams had the same goal: to score. Valparaiso stepped up their attacks and became more aggressive, while the Lady Indians were more focused on scoring and controlling the ball. Though many fouls went in favor of Valparaiso by the end of the third quarter, their fate was sealed.

“I think we had [the win] in the first quarter. We all came out with the thought that this was our game. We had already won it three years running, and we came off with strong minds,” Robards said.

The fourth quarter was no exception to excitement. Though it was becoming more and more apparent that Lake Central was going to take home the DAC, Valpo was not out of the fight. After a gruelling fourth quarter, the girls game came to an end with a final score of 52-37, giving the girls the DAC title for a third consecutive year.

“Winning the conference back to back-to-back was astonishing because it’s something we’ve never done before. I’m extremely proud of both JV and varsity for never giving up and being the most hard-working teams. Our coaches always push us to be the best, and I think that was a huge factor in our success,” Fehrman said.

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Q&A: DANIEL PICIOSKI (12)

Story originally published on 11/21/2016 on lakecentralnews.com 

Q: When did you first start playing soccer?
A: I used to play in my grandpa’s backyard. He had this small soccer goal, and me and him would go out and play together. My parents would always work late at night, so we would spend the night at my grandpas house and wake up in the morning and play soccer. Watching my brother play also had a big influence.

Q: Was it your goal to make the high school soccer team?
A: Yeah, of course. I have always watched the high school soccer team. I would be on the sidelines sitting with them, so once I got to high school, [it] was something I always wanted.

Q: During the off-season, would you get a job or still work on soccer or even both?
A: Well, we would get a couple of weeks off, then go to the weight room, so I never got a job. I would just focus on soccer and how to get better.

Q: As a senior what will you do now?

A: I am more focused on college [and] getting applications in. will [have to] get a job, and I will just work out when want to or when I have to.

Q: How long have you known your teammates?
A: Some of them since four or five. I remember Michael Zubec (12) and I were the first kids on the team, the Indiana Tigers, which is a club team. I think we were six or seven, so I have known him my whole life.

Q: What’s your favorite soccer team?
A: Arsenal, I used to watch them when I was young on TV with my brother and my dad. I liked the way they played.

Q: Will you pursue soccer after high school?
A: I will probably play club soccer throughout college, but I won’t go for anything big. I have realized that school and college is more important so that will be my second option.

Q: If you could be trained by any professional soccer player who would it be?
A: I would say [Lionel] Messi as of right now just because I love the way he plays off the ball, and he has just changed the way soccer is played. It’s amazing to watch the way he plays.

Q: What was your most memorable moment on the soccer field?
A: It would be when we beat Chesterton at Regionals my junior year. We were ranked tenth in the state, and they were ranked first. Beating them was a big accomplishment. It will probably be one thing that I will always remember.

Q: What was your most memorable moment off the field?
A: My favorite moment would be the pasta parties. We would always get together, and we are all so competitive that we would push each other. I loved going to pasta parties.

VARSITY BOYS SOCCER DOMINATES THE FIELD

Story originally published on 9/30/2016 on lakecentralnews.com

With only three games left in the Duneland Athletic Conference for the varsity boys soccer team, the Indians were hoping to achieve another victory against their second place rivals, the Chesterton Trojans, on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Oh yeah something we had been looking forward to all season [the game]. They are one of our DAC rivals. It is something that we were really looking forward to from the season,” Daniel Picioski (12) said.

The game began with a shaky start, but the Trojans managed to score their first point just 10 minutes into the game. Toward the middle of the first half, Chesterton was given a penalty kick. However, quick reaction by Noah Osearo (11) stopped the Trojans from scoring.

“I was pretty confident of getting the save.” Osearo said.

The Indians fired back late in the first half with Naser Taharwah (12) scoring and tieing the game 1-1.

“The first goal we were down one to zero, and we kind of needed [the goal] to put the team back in,” Taharwah (12) said.

Going into halftime with the game tied, the Indians had to prepare themselves for a long and physical second half. For the majority of the second half, the game was quiet until Chris Baranowski (12) was granted a penalty kick inside the goal box, allowing the Indians to take the lead.

“After scoring it was great to [be in the lead]. We were tied and made it 2-1, but [the goal] was fully deserved,” Baranowski said.

As the game went on, the players became more and more physical. Towards the end of the game, Picioski went down and was walked off the field due to cramping in his upper thigh .  Minutes later, Taharwah scored again for the Indians, making the score 3-1.

“Because of the second goal, we were up already 2-1, but it was the safety goal. Whatever happened, we were still up,” Taharwah said.

In the end the Indians went on to defeat the Trojans, winning 3-1 and giving them yet another victory. The boys hope to finish their season on a high note and get one last win before the play-offs.

“We will go over our regular game plan and prepare for next week. It will be fun,” Picioski said.