Going well back
into the pre-season, Tim Ray had a firm handle on the fragility of fall
sports as it navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.
The themes of
staying in the moment and seizing each day have remained from the start.
"We're not promised
tomorrow," Ray said, noting how the Lake Central volleyball team was
depleted in the sectional due to virus quarantines and lost. "We've told the
kids every day. "Amongst the chaos of all day every day, we wanted to put
our best foot forward, and I we thought did. We're heading into (semistate)
with our goal in mind, a chance to qualify for state. We wanted to be
confident going in that we can get out, and we established that."
The Trojans breezed
to the regional title with 36 points, comfortably in front of runner-up
"It was really a
solid performance by the entire group," Ray said. "It was Matthew (Streeter)'s
last 'home' race at Chesterton, and it was nice to see him go out on a
positive note. This was big for him. He's had some expectations on his
shoulders. Conference was a disappointment for him, but he learned from that
and bounced back the last two weeks and put together two solid races. It's
been a real confidence boost."
runner-up the second Saturday in a row, catching a better glimpse of
LaPorte's Cole Raymond this time. Raymond finished in 16:17.2. Streeter
followed in 16:22.8.
"It's exciting, 20
seconds last week, six seconds this week," Streeter said. "It doesn't
ultimately matter, as far as the team, but the season is headed in the right
Chesterton put all
seven runners in the top 25 with Cole Dolson (fourth, 16:34), Josh
Dennington (eighth, 16:53.2) and Evan O'Connor (10th, 16:54) all in the top
10. Jackson Tuck (12th, 16:56) completed the Trojans scoring, with Reece
Erow 24th (17:34), just ahead of Max Welbourne (17:34.5).
"We executed the
race plan," Streeter said. "We ran together confidently. We controlled our
race. We didn't let the pace get taken from us. We wanted to do our own
thing and it worked out. We all race better when we're together. It's
something we wanted to try and it worked. It helped me and it helped
everybody. We were solid. I wouldn't grade it an A-plus or even an A race.
Overall, it was just an OK race."
qualifying teams were Morgan Township (91), Valparaiso (93) and New Prairie
1. Chesterton, 36;
2. LaPorte, 87; 3. Morgan Twp., 91; 4. Valparaiso, 93; 5. New Prairie, 120;
6. Portage, 131; 7. Kankakee Valley, 174; 8. Rensselaer Central, 220; 9.
South Newton, 254; 10. Knox, 289.
1. Cole Raymond (LaPorte),
16:17.2; 2. Matthew Streeter (CHS), 16:22.8; 3. Joshua Baltes (New Prairie),
16:32.8; 4. Cole Dolson (CHS), 16:34.0; 5. Tyler Hackey (Washington Twp.),
finishers: 9. Josh Dennington, 16:53.2; 11. Evan O’Connor, 16:54.0; 13.
Jackson Tuck, 16:56.0; 28. Reece Erow, 17:34.0; 30. Max Welbourne, 17:34.5.