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Much like his track and cross country runners, it's taken Kevin Paterson time and sacrifice to reach his destination.
CHICAGO | Washington Wizards' coach Randy Wittman called his team "desperate" before the late start to Tuesday night's Game 2 of the playoffs. Desperate?
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich looked uneasy, as if he were out of place during Tuesday's heavily-attended news conference at the team's practice facility.
It's taken a while for the love-hate relationship between Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and starting center Joakim Noah to subside.
CHICAGO | Anybody see Nate Robinson? Someone, anyone, to create their own shot.
CHICAGO | Welcome to Granderson Stadium.
CHICAGO | You'll get Tom Thibodeau to talk about the mating habits of the striped Brazilian mongoose before thumping his own chest.
SCHERERVILLE | Local officials do more than work ballgames with a deaf ear towards screaming, swearing, clueless fans.
It was a scene straight from a Norman Rockwell painting where two youngsters, in patchy jeans with slingshots in their back pockets, are peering through a hole in the outfield fence of a big-league ballpark.
CHICAGO | A Milwaukee radio station recently held a contest where first prize was a ticket to a Bucks game.
LAKE FOREST | New Bear Jared Allen, a farm boy at heart who owns three rodeo bulls, appeared at his Monday afternoon press conference wearing cowboy boots and a big shiny belt buckle.
INDIANAPOLIS | The theme of Saturday's 104th edition of the Indiana boys state basketball finals was as basic as the air we breathe.
INDIANAPOLIS | Bowman Academy, come on up. There is no wheel to spin, no words to unscramble. Just keep winning and winning.
CHICAGO | Neither the Bulls nor the Pacers are short-circuiting scoreboards around the NBA this season.
LAFAYETTE | All that was missing was a giant beanstalk through the roof of the Lafayette Jeff Fieldhouse, and maybe some beans scattered along the court.
CHICAGO | Michael Jordan, meet Kevin Durant.
NORTH JUDSON | This was supposed to be the championship game, Saturday's Class 2A regional semifinal between Bishop Noll and Westview.
CHICAGO | This time, the Spurs were at full strength.
CHICAGO | If the Bulls and Miami Heat met, let's say on a New York playground, there would be more bodies flying than points scored.
EAST CHICAGO | Here we go again.
EAST CHICAGO | Morton drawing perennial power Munster in the sectional opener doesn't seem fair, does it?
CHICAGO | Blackhawks' Vice-President/General Manager Stan Bowman is a low-key kind of guy, like the team manager who provides fresh towels and the Gatorade.
CHICAGO | NBA pregame with both coaches is often enlightening and more entertaining than the game itself.
GARY | There is a potential gold mine at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, but it will take more than picks and shovels to strike it rich.
WEST LAFAYETTE | You didn't stop Glenn Robinson at Roosevelt, Purdue or in his 11 NBA seasons.
MUNSTER | Mike Hackett doesn't buy all that talk about a "good loss" to get teams back on track.
GRIFFITH | It's critical for teams in the 3A Griffith Sectional not to be intimidated by the host Panthers, who are shooting for their sixth straight title.
CHICAGO | Coach Tom Thibodeau's pre-game media chats are becoming shorter and a bit more confrontational.
GRIFFITH | Think of the Soap Box Derby and a kid whose entry is slick looking, fast, and turns heads.
CHICAGO | The venerable Palace Grill, a city landmark for years located just up the street from the United Center, has a sign on the window that reads: Sorry, We're Open.
FORT WAYNE | Ron Howard and wife Reesha don't have cell phones Duct-taped to their wrists, anxiously awaiting "The Call" or a life-changing text.
ST. JOHN | For 3 1/2 quarters, this one wasn't worthy of an art gallery, maybe a big garage sale instead.
CHICAGO | Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau and the Lakers' Mike D'Antoni feel each other's pain.
CHICAGO | The league used to laugh at the Washington Wizards, who've had five straight losing seasons.
HOBART | There must have been times in his life when Dennis Hull felt like the warmup act for the Rolling Stones and Beyonce'.
Professional sports is a business. Never forget that.
CHICAGO | Dumb football just doesn't cut it in the NFL, particularly when playoffs are at stake.
CHICAGO | Changes are bound to occur in every sport, based on performance.
CHICAGO | First of all, let's set the record straight.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears' locker room was up for grabs the day after Christmas.
HIGHLAND | You won't find Griffith's Gary Hayes or Highland's Jordan Heckard sitting on Santa's lap, not with everyone having camera phones these days.
Take a bow, Duneland Athletic Conference.
CHICAGO | Watching Tom Thibodeau coach the injury-depleted Bulls is like watching home owners rebuild after a deadly storm.
MUNSTER | You could say Munster has had East Chicago Central's number.
The Purdue Calumet men's basketball team has two weapons that often go overlooked in the boxscore.
Those who knew Eddie Herbert loved him, and the Hall of Fame football coach knew everybody.
CHICAGO | The Monday Night Football matchup between the Bears and Cowboys had something for everyone, despite your team colors.
LAKE FOREST | With all respect to the late Johnny Carson and his Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon, how desperate are the Bears?
CHICAGO | The huge media crowd parted slowly as Bulls superstar Derrick Rose entered the United Center press room on white crutches Thursday.
You just knew Eddie Fierek couldn't stay away for long after resigning as Highland boys basketball coach in March of 2012.
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