Congratulations to the preseason All-Area football team. Its #RegionProud introduction today in our sports section means just one thing — opening night is almost here.

This week you’ll meet the Region’s football teams through our previews each day by conference. By Friday, we’ll be ready for the games with you.

Nobody covers football and all of the prep sports in Northwest Indiana like The Times, and we invite you to get in the game.

Our print previews this week and expanded weekend coverage through each season will be a delight for fans of all ages.

But there’s more to what we offer. It’s as close as your phone.

Do you follow just one team/school, and are you interested in every sport from football to softball?

There’s an app for that.

Do you go to a football game on a Friday night and wonder how other teams in the conference are doing?

There’s an app for that.

Do you enjoy looking over all of the prep sports photos online and sharing them with friends?

There’s an app for that, too.

Take a moment before the first kickoff to download nwi.com preps from your app store. It’s free, organized for your enjoyment and back for a third season.

With the app you’ll be connected with all of your team’s/school’s coverage at your fingertips. You’ll be in touch with every game on Friday night, and you’ll find all of our sports photos and videos in one place.

At a time when our digital readership continues to climb, the nwi.com preps app is your ticket to Region sports.

Good luck to the athletes.

We have two apps, and our other one — nwi.com — is increasingly popular with readers who want to know about the news as we report it.

It’s specially organized for just that. The main tab, called latest, features the last 50 stories in order of most recent.

Following the federal trial of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich? Or interested in the latest from Washington?

Breaking local and national news throughout the day will be found there, as well as some of our most popular stories and features.

The app also includes channels for sports, business, obituaries, classifieds and more (largely commentary).

Like nwi.com preps, this app is free and can be found in your app store. Get it on your phone and keep up with the news when you want it.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.

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Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.