By Mike Deak
GOSHEN – Track championships by each of the Warsaw girls and Northridge boys helped solidify titles for the two respective athletic outfits to claim Northern Lakes Conference All-Sports titles for the 2020-21 athletic season.
Warsaw rolled to a girls track title, and along with a tie for second in softball and fifth in girls tennis, scored 37 points for the spring to buoy a 123 total, ahead of Northridge’s 110 runner-up points. Northridge’s spring was electric, taking first in softball, first in tennis and second in track, and piggybacking a title in swimming in the winter, only a couple hiccups in the fall kept the Lady Raiders from repeating as All-Sports champions.
Warsaw’s fall was elite, winning soccer, volleyball and cross country and taking third in golf. Warsaw was also second in basketball and third in swimming.
Plymouth outscored Goshen by two in the spring to top the RedHawks by that slim margin for third, 81-79. Concord slipped from third in the winter to sixth after the spring at 78, and NorthWood scored 27 spring points to jump Concord and tie Goshen for fourth at 79.
Mishawaka’s maiden voyage into the NLC was a tough one through six months, but a third in track and tie for second in softball helped rally the Cavemen to seventh at 55. Wawasee’s struggles in the conference throughout the year landed them in eighth at 43 points.
Flipping to the boys side, Ridge maintained their dominance of the NLC for a second straight year, winning track, taking second in baseball and fourth in golf to score 40 points to run away with the title at 131 points. The Raiders tied for championships in wrestling and tennis earlier in the year.
Warsaw’s title in golf, runner-up in track and tie for third in baseball was good for 41 points and enough to rally past NorthWood, 105-104, for second in the standings. The Panthers won baseball, took second in golf and fifth in track to score 38 seasonal points. Warsaw tied Mishawaka in both basketball and football for 15 points each in the two sports.
Concord held off Goshen for fourth, 92-88, with Mishawaka taking sixth at 75. Plymouth edged Wawasee for seventh, 63-62, the Warriors tying for third with the Tigers in baseball.