West Side Cougars
HAMMOND | Imagine going to sleep in the Bahamas and waking up in Butte, Montana.
Highland's scrimmage at West Side on Aug. 15 was supposed to start at 7 p.m. But the first snap took place at 6 p.m. because of a common issue at the Gary school's football facility.
HOBART | One team rushed for 359 yards. The other racked up 170 yards in penalties.
The state's leading returning passer is changing schools just a few days before the opening of the 2014 prep football season.
Homewood-Flossmoor football coach Craig Buzea said that assistant coach Alexander Pratt brings more than knowledge of being a former head coach to the Vikings football program.
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.
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