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The Centier Bank Performers of the Week are Crown Point seniors Kristen LaCosse and Alexis Holloway, Portage senior Daveon Finley, Culver Academy senior Addison Coy, and Plymouth junior Nate Patterson.

At Saturday’s IHSAA girls track and field state finals at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on Saturday, LaCosse finished third in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 9.5 inches, second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.36, and fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.49. This brought the Hawaii-bound standout’s career total up to 11 medals.

At Friday’s IHSAA track and field state finals held at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Finley blew away the field in winning the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 13.77, easily defeating Fort Wayne Northrop’s Shaton Vaughn, who finished second at 14.16.

In Tuesday’s 7-0 blanking of Chesterton in a Class 4A regional softball final, the Notre Dame recruit struck out 11 batters and allowed only two hits to help the Bulldogs to their third regional crown. In Saturday’s 2-1 victory in 13 innings over top-ranked and defending Class 4A state runner-up Penn in the Lafayette Harrison semistate semifinals, she scattered five hits and fanned 20 batters in a game for the ages that lasted nearly three-and-one-half hours. Then in a 3-0 blanking of Hamilton Southeastern in the semistate final, Holloway struck out 16 while giving up only one hit. Crown Point (29-2) advances to play defending state champion Avon (23-8) next Saturday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) for the Class 4A state championship.

At the IHSAA girls’ state track and field state finals, the Yale-bound Coy earned her second straight state title in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.30 to get past Ella Robinson of Zionsville. She won last year’s title with a time of 43.24.

At Friday’s IHSAA boys’ state track and field state finals, Patterson claimed the state title in the high jump, clearing 6-feet, 10 inches to outdistance Waldron senior Kaden Branam.

A special recognition also goes out to Merrillville, which won the IHSAA’s fourth-annual Unified Track and Field Championships Saturday in Bloomington. Unified Sports enables persons with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in the same team for sports training and competition.

The Centier Bank Performers of the Week is open to any male-female student athlete who participates in any IHSAA sanctioned sport and whose school is in the Centier Bank geographic area.