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Valpo Comes Up Short in final DAC Matchup


In the final DAC matchup of the 2022-23 season against rival Chesterton High School, the packed house at VHS saw a great matchup, though Valparaiso came up short in the end, 59-54.

The opening of the game was evenly matched with Valpo and Chesterton trading baskets as the first quarter wrapped up tied 12-12. As the half continued it was much of the same as both teams continued to battle in front of the raucous crowd.

The second half was much of the same as each team continued to exchange baskets. There were six lead changes throughout the game and a number of ties. Ultimately, Valparaiso showed some great poise to create some turnovers in the fourth quarter, but the host Vikings fell in the end.

Leading the way was Derrick Brooks with 15 points, Jack Smiley with 13 points and 7 assists, and Mason Jones adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. 

The Junior Varsity Boys basketball team defeated the Chesterton Trojans 51-42. 10 different Vikings scored but Isaiah Keene led the way with 14 points and 8 rebounds and 2 steals. KJ Avery added 6 assists, 4 boards and a pair of blocked shots. The Vikings' work on the glass was what led them to victory as they outrebounded the Trojans 35-14. 

Valpo will have one more regular season contest next Friday at home vs. #4 state-ranked Hammond Central. This contest will also be our "Senior Night" as we honor the contributions of our 3 seniors. The JV game will tip at 5:30pm with Varsity scheduled to begin at 7pm.

Special Thanks to Palmer Photography for capturing images of the Chesterton game!

Following that will be postseason kicking off with sectionals which will all take place at Crown Point High School. 

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