For the eighth time in 10 years, the Chesterton High School girls athletics
program has won the Duneland Athletic Conference All-Sports Award.
Scoring just 27.5 points, the Trojans bettered second place Valparaiso (33)
and third place Lake Central (37).
“This is a tremendous compliment to the CHS coaching staff and
student-athletes,” Chesterton Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg said. “All
we’ve ever asked them to be is competitive. We know if we do that within our
conference we can compete with any team in the State.”
The All-Sports Award is determined by each individual sports’ finish in the
DAC. One point is awarded for first place, two for second and so on. The
total score for the year is determined and the lowest score wins.
“Success breeds success,” Nallenweg said. “Our student-athletes want to
continue the tradition within their sport and that leads to success
throughout the entire CHS program.”
The Chesterton girls took first place titles in golf, swimming and tennis,
while finishing second in cross country and track.
The Trojans finished in the top four of the DAC in 9 of 10 sports last year.
“The girls winning for the eighth time in the last 10 years is very
impressive,” Nallenweg said. “The girls continue to dominate the DAC in many
areas. There were two state championship teams on the girls side and one in
the boys within our conference.”
On the boys side, the Trojans finished third with 30.5 points. Valparaiso
won the title with 23.5 points, followed by Crown Point with 27.5.
The Chesterton boys took first place titles in football, swimming and
baseball. The golf team finished runner-up.
“The fact that we don’t have a lot of turnover among our coaches is a big
factor,” Nallenweg said. “We’ve had great administrative support and we
allow our coaches to go out and coach. That’s what they were hired for.”
In the combined score, Valparaiso took top honors with 56.5 points, followed
by Chesterton (58), Crown Point (66), Lake Central (78.5), Portage (99.5),
Merrillville (116), LaPorte (117.5) and Michigan City (127).
“Our two- and three-sport athlete numbers are dropping and that’s a trend
nationally,” Nallenweg said. “We do have several of our top level athletes,
on the girls and boys sides, competing in more than one sport. I think some
of our kids at a young age may get some bad info and focus on one sport.
“We encourage our kids to be multi-sport athletes. We’d like to buck that