West Side Cougars
GARY | The last thing Carlton Sims and his mile relay teammates did before their final race of the 2014 track and field season was pray.
It's been written that life is a vapor. Boy, it sure seems that way. It seemed like yesterday we were putting out our football tab last August. Now, we're planning the next one.
Jory Peters, a Gary West Side High School grad, talks about his love of basketball. Peters played on the Cougars' 2002 Class 4A state championship basketball team. He is serving a 55-year sentence for murder.
GARY | When former West Side boys basketball coach Ike Brown goes through his stacks of memorabilia, which includes several plaques on the wall of his home, the things that he cherishes the most are the letters he receives from his players.
MUNSTER | Lowell was so close, it could taste the sweetness of victory.
HIGHLAND | The ball seem to hang in the air for an eternity. Years of hopes and dreams spun with the ball's trajectory.
By the eighth grade, Paco Jordan realized he was too short to play the sport that Gary athletes are known for.
GARY | Gene Johnson had a simple plan for the boys track and field team at West Side. The Cougars coach knew he had a sprint star in senior JonVea' Johnson, no relation.
GARY | West Side's Rod Fisher said that there have been years in his 37 seasons when he's had to work harder as a coach than he did this year.
EAST CHICAGO | In the blink of an eye, it was easy to see that a different E.C. Central boys basketball team walked out of the locker room after halftime.
HAMMOND | Neither West Side nor Hammond wants to limp into the boys basketball postseason, but a sluggish first half of Friday's season finale left both coaches shaking their heads after the game.
GARY | When it comes to public school basketball in Gary, West Side is still the big cat in the yard.
MISHAWAKA | West Side coach Rod Fisher said that if a team could figure out a way to slow down or stop Dana Evans, the Cougars could be beat.
MISHAWAKA | While Merrillville couldn't keep the ball when it needed it, West Side used its speed-driven offense to impress.
GARY | The West Side girls basketball Class of 2015 was packed with talent and dominating the Cougars' offensive categories for two seasons.
GARY | West Side coach Murray Richards said that his team was starting to turn the corner in Thursday’s 57-56 loss to Munster.
Amy Govert has been through it. The girls basketball coach at Merrillville represents most of the basketball fans in Indiana. She, like many, believe something has to change in regards to the IHSAA state basketball tournaments.
LOWELL | West Side’s offense was clicking on all cylinders from the opening tip of Saturday’s Class 4A sectional title game against Lowell, and freshman Dana Evans played a big role in that.
LOWELL | With two minutes left in Friday's Lowell Sectional semifinal, West Side junior Tinon Hunter stole the ball, ripping it from the hands of Lake Central's Lindsay Kusbel and scored.
LOWELL | There was one singular reason to drive to Lowell on Friday night. It was to take in the West Side-Lake Central Class 4A sectional semifinal showdown.
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