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Multiple conversations with high school, college and pro sports certified athletic trainers over the last three weeks has come up with one revelation: no one likes the doctor.
While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there was no holiday off day in Canada. So, it seemed a perfect time for the Can-Am League to announce that it had joined its forces with the American Association for a super independent baseball league.
Welcome to the start of the boys basketball season.
MERRILLVILLE | By the time Phil Mason was dumped with ice water with 15 seconds remaining in a 52-7 Class 3A North Semistate win on Friday, the Andrean football coach wasn't even thinking that could be an option.
Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin spent the bulk of Friday in New York, speaking to an NFL special counsel assigned to investigate Martin's claims of racism, bullying and overall harassment at the hands of his teammates and specifically Richie Incognito.
MUNCIE | The Bishop Noll girls volleyball team had no intention of taking the pressure of the region with it when the season started.
MUNSTER | If there was any year for the IHSAA and football coaches to recommend a sixth class in the football postseason, this was it and Munster couldn't have been happier.
Bishop Noll volleyball coach Dave Rodriguez brought several bags of hidden food to practice at the beginning of the season.
In the span of a quick few days last week, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association went from commandment to criticism to control on an issue of sportsmanship.
After saying little in his return to baseball, Alex Rodriguez is showing why.
From college to club, from high school to elementary players, volleyball has embraced October.
The RailCats celebrated their American Association Championship for six days before the 2014 season began.
WICHITA, Kan. | Call him Ishmael.
In years past, the RailCats have celebrated postseason milestones with the ferocity of a championship.
GARY | Releasing Will Krout on July 21 was one of the hardest decisions RailCats manager Greg Tagert made this season.
After two years sitting on the bench for the playoffs, the RailCats goal from Day One of the season has been singular: reach the postseason.
GARY | As the RailCats' push for the postseason hits overdrive, their bats are sitting idle.
Even city of Gary leaders that opposed the then-proposed baseball team 12 years ago see the value that the RailCats bring to the city.
GARY | The RailCats actually measured the distance to the furthest point at U.S. Steel Yard.
In the 20th Century, players were banned from baseball for gambling.
Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur is a Cubs fan, so for him to be seen in a skybox at a White Sox game was already a feat unto itself.
Last season, when the RailCats spent the bulk of the year below the .500 mark, changes were made in ebbs and flows.
A mere week ago the RailCats were basking in the glory of 10 wins in 11 days.
GARY | Before the start of the franchise-record 11-game home stand, RailCats manager Greg Tagert said his fandom for the lengthy stretch could change depending on his team's record.
John Bogner isn't taking his first head coaching position lightly.
GARY | At some point, between watching the radar Wednesday and listening to the serenade from the trumpet of the national anthem performer, the American Association/Can-Am League called the final game of the RailCats vs. Quebec series.
The region's high school baseball season ended a week ago today, well ahead of schedule.
If there's a single prevailing theme through high school sports this spring it has been the weather.
This is an actual email that appeared in my inbox this week: "Granderson is on the 15-day DL with a broken finger. I put Dayan in for DeAza … he's hitting .341."
On Saturday, the RailCats participated in an exhibition game that drew more national attention than any other before the start of the American Association season begins.
HAMMOND | In an age of shrinking athletic budgets with every dollar being stretched to the limit, Gavit is doing something wild with Tuesday's sports revenue: the Gladiators are giving it away.
CROWN POINT | Bobby Morgan told his mother, Kathy, that he'd be honored on the baseball field before the Lake Central game on April 9 for selecting a college.
The first movie about Jackie Robinson, aptly titled "The Jackie Robinson Story," was released in 1950 and didn't tell the whole story.
WEST LAFAYETTE | A mere eight months after Purdue baseball won its first Big Ten title in 93 years and hosted an NCAA Regional, the graduation toll on the Boilermakers has started to show.
Last week, the RailCats announced their annual tryout will be May 2, with fingers crossed the weather holds out.
Oh to remember when March was much warmer and the snow had forgotten to fall.
Greg Tagert quickly changed roles, from one of an observer at the Texas Winter League to a manager of one of the teams.
By April, high school sports fans are going to be well-versed in the term "tradition factor."
The girls basketball season brought with it ends, beginnings and the start of something new.
CROWN POINT | The Class 3A girls basketball teams at Saturday's Crown Point semistate weren't in attendance of the region's boys basketball sportsmanship banquet last week.
The Hammond Civic Center was the last host of a semistate basketball tournament in the region.
Sunday's newspaper ran names of seven local schools whose girls basketball season will run another week: Lake Central, Merrillville, Rensselaer, Griffith, Whiting, Boone Grove and Morgan Township.
The RailCats front office staff has spent the last four Februarys preparing to welcome baseball fans in from the cold.
When the postseason is all that matters, isn't it OK to enter the playoffs with a record that doesn't suggest a winning season?
At a high school basketball game in Chicago last week, there was enough pushing and shoving in the postgame handshake line to force suspensions for the next game.
This week's prep hoops tournaments, starting with today's Porter County Conference schedule of games, have prompted columns in the past about how every other conference should follow suit.
The Roman, modern calendar opened its new year last week, bringing with it all kinds of resolutions.
GARY | When Sharon Houston was young, she said she'd bounce a basketball up and down the street, dreaming of her professional career.
EAST CHICAGO | Denitra Brown wakes up every morning, thanks God for the day and says 'hello' to her mother.
Calli Beezhold’s best sport is volleyball.
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