Top 10 Sports Articles on ValpoLife from 2017

Top 10 Sports Articles on ValpoLife from 2017
By: Jennifer Bissonnette Last Updated: December 28, 2017

We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Sports Section this past year. New baseball fields, cross-town rivalries, and fundraising 5ks and golf outings were all fair game for sharing in the sports world. With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 sports articles from ValpoLife in 2017!

valpo-parks-samardijza-field-2017-1Valpo Parks Welcomes Jeff Samardzija to Groundbreaking Celebration of Samardzija Field at Newly Renovated Tower Park
A day filled with celebrations for the Valpo Parks and the Valpo Parks Foundation culminated on Thursday afternoon when stakeholders celebrated the groundbreaking of Samardzija Field, which featured former Valparaiso High School and Notre Dame Football legend and current San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

Robbie-Hummel-New-PathRobbie Hummel Starts New Path with the Big Ten Network and ESPN for College Basketball
This has been coming since last winter, but I wanted to post this for all my friends, family, and supporters who follow me on social media. I’ve decided that after five years, I’m stepping away from playing professional basketball.

Ringing Spring 2017 2Valparaiso Family YMCA Hosted Their Annual Ringing in Spring 5k 10k
Thousands of people enjoyed a sunny, 40 degree Valparaiso morning as they raced in the 23rd Annual “Ringing in the Spring” 5K/10K Race hosted by the Valparaiso Family YMCA. Over 1000 people stepped up to the unofficial start of the running season in Northwest Indiana.

TJMS-BFMS-Valparaiso-Football-2018-5Valparaiso Middle Schools Meet on the Gridiron for Cross-Town Game, Tailgate Party
Valparaiso saw a bright future for students as middle-schoolers from both Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin Middle schools met on the gridiron at Valparaiso High School for the second annual 8th grade game and tailgate party.

Railcats-ScoutNight-2017-1Railcats Fuel Family Spirit at Boy Scout Campout and Touch a Truck Night
The RailCats welcomed members of the Boy Scouts of America to spend the night at the Steel Yard to emphasize the value of fun, family, and friends at their Scout Night Campout and Touch a Truck night.

creekside-classic-2017-1Valpo Parks 16th Annual Creekside Classic for Kids Encourages Love for the Game of Golf
What started as just another rainy day became the valued tradition that is the Valpo Parks 16th Annual Creekside Classic for Kids, where junior athletes golfed with experienced adult players and showed their individual abilities through a skills competition.

Cancer P_v_V_2017_1Portage and Valparaiso Baseball Teams Come Together to Bat Out Cancer
Something was slightly off about the Portage Vs. Valparaiso baseball game on Tuesday. The Indians wore baby blue instead of their normal red and the Vikings wore jerseys with pink lettering. These little differences all added up to a great cause...

vhs-unified-track-2017-1Valparaiso High School Unified Track Program Sees Positive Returns in Inaugural Year
The Valparaiso High School Unified Track brings together students of all abilities to compete in track & field events similar to the school's traditional track team, competing against other schools under IHSAA guidelines.

PNW-Hammond-Homecoming-Tailgate-2017_01Purdue Northwest Brings Community and Athletes Together at Homecoming Tailgate and Fall Sports Festival
Purdue Northwest constantly seeks to outdo itself, in academics, athletics, and community building. On Saturday, they did just that with their second annual Fall Sports Festival and Homecoming Tailgate at Dowling Park in Hammond, which brought the community together for a showcase of PNW’s best and brightest.

PushForTheRegionLake Central Senior Encourages Region Pride for Student Athletes with #PushForTheRegion
From the outside, the hype over region athletics may not seem that exciting, but for the athletes training each day, it’s a huge part of their high school or college careers. While that may not appeal to everyone, it’s exactly what Jackson Long, a senior at Lake Central High School, loves about the area.