Reliving the past

Photo Provided -- Former LPHS cheerleaders pose in their uniforms in celebration of the LP vs MC throwback game.


   Former LaPorte and Michigan City High School basketballs players played against each other in a throwback game at Michigan City’s YMCA on Wednesday, November 11, at 6 P.M.

   The game was hosted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Elston Red Devil Men’s Basketball State Championship and to honor the veterans of the community.

   The players consisted of all-star players through the history of both schools. Famed former coach Joe Otis led the LaPorte team, and Al Whitlow coached Michigan City’s team. LaPorte High School’s very own principal, Ben Tonagel, was featured in the game and was very excited to get the opportunity to relive his past with the basketball team.

   “This is exciting for me because of the historical rivalry between LaPorte and Michigan City. I’ve had some of my greatest moments as a teenager playing against City. It is a really special rivalry, and I’m anxious to see players that I’ve gone against before,” Tonagel said.

   During the game, there was a spirit section consisting of ten graduated cheerleaders from Michigan City and ten graduated cheerleaders from La Porte. The cheerleaders from both schools met three times for practice before the game and blew the crowd away with their spirit and readiness for the game.

   “We got to show what we haven’t done in years, and the majority of us remember all the stunts and cheers from when we were in school. It turned out better than I had expected, and I’m really glad we all got the opportunity to participate,” Chris Lidgard, coach for the LaPorte cheerleaders, said.

   Overall, it was a friendly game with short quarters and light play. LaPorte ended up winning with a final score of 36-45. All proceeds were donated to help benefit the scholarship fund of the Michigan City Elston YMCA.

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