West Side Cougars
GARY | It’s called living up to the hype.
GARY | Maybe it was the postseason run in football. Maybe it was playing games on back-to-back days. Maybe it was too much leftover turkey.
Last year: 12-8, 2-0 (NC)
DeJah Joshua's journey to the University of Houston began when the first person told her that she couldn't achieve a goal.
One of the top football players in Indiana has decommitted from Ohio State, the No. 3 team in the nation.
Last year: 17-4, (2-0 NWC)
GARY | Dana Evans, in one way, is your typical high school freshman. A little shy. Probably got lost trying to find the algebra classroom after leaving the history classroom. Traditional stuff.
HAMMOND | A jubilant sea of white uniforms flooded Morton's Maurey Zlotnik Field on Friday night after two teams fought tooth and nail to etch the first entry in their respective high school's record books.
HAMMOND | Jason Johnson was engulfed in emotion. Sadness. Pride. Everything you'd expect after a breathtaking high school football game.
Christian Guerrero could have been a statistic. But thankfully something got in the way of the 6-foot-7, 315-pound E.C. Central senior.
GARY | It wasn't just bad. It was Gawd awful. Pathetic with a capital P.
GARY | A tear formed in the eye of West Side football coach Jason Johnson Tuesday as he spoke, but it was difficult to tell if it was shed out of happiness or sadness.
IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens walked around West Side's football facility on Sunday and took pictures. He has the final call about whether West Side will be allowed to host Friday's Class 4A Sectional 17 championship game against E.C. Central.
IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens toured West Side's football field Oct. 15 and gave a thumbs down to the decaying conditions for sectional play. Consequently, the Cougars' home game against Lowell was moved to E.C. Central.
HIGHLAND | It was a tale of two halves Friday night.
EAST CHICAGO | It was power vs. speed. Blue-collar vs. speed. Lunch buckets vs. speed.
EAST CHICAGO | In the middle of September an old buddy called and laughed about The Times Football Preview Section. The guy said we had it all wrong.
MUNSTER | In Niyah Hall's previous three years playing volleyball for West Side, she and her Cougars teammates never got a chance to taste what it was like to advance past the opening round of the girls volleyball sectional.
GARY | It’s been a tumultuous week for the West Side football team, with the IHSAA probing its facilities and ruling it unfit for hosting a sectional game.
Like waiting for the federal government to finally reopen again, or hoping that it stays shut down for the next 100 years like some are pulling for, region football fans were still waiting for word from the IHSAA on Thursday night.
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