Northwest Crossroads Conference
He didn't know his father. He didn't have a home. In one school year he was kicked off of three different high school teams, which is almost mathematically impossible.
INDIANAPOLIS | As the Northwest Crossroads Conference baseball season came to a close, Andrean's captains envisioned two moments.
INDIANAPOLIS | The images were palpable, the softball state championship ring around Frank Podkul's neck and the word 'Dad' printed in marker on the tape on Nick Podkul's wrists.
INDIANAPOLIS | Only one player, Lafayette Central Catholic's Austin Munn in 2012, had turned the quarterback-winning pitcher state championship double play in Indiana high school history prior to Saturday.
As senior Patrick Terry came to bat in the fourth inning Saturday, Andrean led 13-2 and not much was at stake.
MERRILLVILLE | Nick Podkul's ascent into the high ranks of Andrean shortstops was almost inevitable.
LAPORTE | Chuck Alexa showed why he's the cleanup hitter.
LOWELL | Brian Blaylock is a little like Alexander the Great, who wept after all of his blood and success because there were "no more worlds to conquer."
MERRILLVILLE | Donovan Chandler already has two state titles this year.
Minutes after Monday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional final ended, a box of T-shirts proclaiming Hobart as champions was brought onto the field.
CHESTERTON | His lightning arm has been the talk of region baseball.
MERRILLVILLE | Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur was asked what stood out in his team's 17-1 win over Kankakee Valley that ensured a 13th straight sectional title.
GRIFFITH | After receiving a scare in its 1-0 sectional-opening win against Clark, Griffith worked on just one thing -- offense.
MERRILLVILLE | Dave Pishkur likes his team.
CHESTERTON | The thick, black beard originated during No Shave November and the legend of Jon Velez reached another level in Friday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional semifinals.
MERRILLVILLE | Hanover Central's power and precision kept Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur up nights.
CHESTERTON | No one was talking about it in the Hobart dugout, but sophomore Braden Niksich knew what was going on.
MERRILLVILLE | It was a game of sacrifice early on for Kankakee Valley, which used bunts and sacrifice flies to advance runners early.
HIGHLAND | After Crown Point defeated Hobart 5-0 on Tuesday night in a semifinal of the Highland Regional, Bulldogs coach Brian Elston wasn't exactly beaming with confidence.
HIGHLAND | It was easy for Hanover Central baseball coach Doug Nelson to put freshman Eric Lakomek into the pitching corps so early in his career, and Monday's game against Highland is Exhibit A.
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