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Mallory McKee wasn't initially enamored about being a leadoff hitter until she realized the prospects of extra plate appearances.
Rachel Willing remembers sitting in the stands watching her big brother Collin play tennis for Valparaiso.
Maggie Lindeman's mound mannerisms are hardly those of someone who calls herself the "team clown."
Chesterton No. 1 singles player Meg Modesto gave track a whirl when she was in seventh grade.
Tracy Corneil calls Megan Krantz an "expert pitching chart keeper," but the Valparaiso softball coach also knows her junior pitcher/shortstop is more useful in the field.
Valparaiso boys golf coach Wayne Lichtenberger describes senior Kyle Meihofer in geometric terms.
Position switches a day before the opener and a two-week layoff due to inclement weather haven't deterred the senior seasons for either Wheeler's Amber McGinley or Alex Sanchez.
Caitlin Kennedy is enjoying her time at No. 1 singles for Valparaiso, but she also wants twin sister Kelly to return to health.
Kiley Jones has always found time to work on her pitching skills. This past offseason, the Portage sophomore moved her schedule around to brush up at the plate.
Marty Martin's retirement from the steel mills 10 years ago led to the development of his son Brandon's golf game.
College is mapped out for Mackenzie Starcevich, which means the Boone Grove senior's competitive softball career ends this spring.
Always interested in tennis, Mandy Haupt never acted on those feelings until she was a freshman at Portage.
Three varsity sports, school work, an IHSAA Young Ambassador schedule and an internship with Quality Oil: Wheeler senior Drew Heinold has little time to rest his head on a pillow.
Diplomatic roles have been a large part of Margaret Shinn's high school life.
Asked to write an English paper this year about something she loves, Chesterton junior softball player Sydney Cooley didn't scramble for a subject.
Uneven bars is far from Brandi Tuzinski's favorite, but the Chesterton junior gymnast will be competing in that event at today's IHSAA state finals.
Practice sometimes becomes a little much for Morgan Algozine, but a few images give the Valparaiso senior gymnast the boost she needs to finish.
VALPARAISO | A year ago, Valparaiso punctuated a regional crown with a strong finish. Friday, the top-ranked Vikings blazed the competition with a quick start. Led by junior gymnast Morgan Algozine's 9.9 on vault, host Valparaiso led from start to finish en route to its fifth consecutive crown.
Cassidy Feldsien strode to the beam with purpose at last Saturday's Chesterton Sectional.
CHESTERTON | Hannah Erwin said she felt tight during her beam routine Saturday afternoon, but the Valparaiso senior gymnast felt better once she she saw her score.
MERRILLVILLE | Morgan Algozine was hardly tense before her vault attempts at Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference gymnastics meet.
Overwhelmed at the start, it didn't take long for Chesterton junior swimmer Tony Kincaid to become quite comfortable in the pool.
Vault hasn't always been an enjoyable event for Portage junior gymnast Danielle Solis.
LAPORTE | Six records fell at Saturday's LaPorte Sectional, but one mark quite comfortably remained intact.
LAPORTE | Chesterton's boys swimmers haven't competed in two-and-a-half weeks, but the state's top-ranked team showed little signs of rust at Thursday's LaPorte Sectional prelims.
Boone Grove junior guard Sarah Steinhilber initially wasn't thrilled with changes made to her free-throw shooting form.
This week's LaPorte Sectional is hardly an unwelcome sight for Chesterton junior swimmer Patrick Curley.
Hannah Murphy uses her jumping ability to rise for rebounds and scoring chances, but the Morgan Township junior forward's high-flying court plans were grounded with an early season lower-leg injury.
Crown Point can make program history today, while Chesterton may add to its event-win total at the IHSAA girls swimming and diving finals.
Cheryl Coudriet enrolled her daughter Madisyn in swimming classes at an early age to combat any fear of water.
PORTAGE | Michigan City coach Michael Megyese had some glowing things to say about Tuesday's game, but most of those comments were about Crown Point.
Allie Stevenson remembers basketball games in her family's driveway, trying to dribble and shoot without big brother Mitchell stealing her every opportunity.
Victoria Strickland's early childhood memories of gymnastics have come full circle.
CHESTERTON | Even though Chesterton won its 14th consecutive girls swimming sectional Saturday, the team still found plenty of ways to surprise coach Kevin Kinel.
CHESTERTON | Vanessa Krause admitted that she wasn't at her best Thursday night, but that didn't stop the Chesterton freshman from making an impact.
Even though Rachel Metzger is only a freshman, the Wheeler swimmer doesn't appear overwhelmed about competing in today's Chesterton Sectional.
LaCrosse senior Gabbie Sievers has scored points among her teammates and in the community with her leadership skills.
Five teams in the Class A Oregon-Davis Sectional field have at least 10 wins, so South Central girls basketball coach Rick Budka was hardly expecting an easy draw.
UNION MILLS | South Central was mired in a three-game losing streak, but Satellites girls basketball coach Rick Budka still saw smiles on the faces of his players before Saturday's game against Morgan Township.
Andy Hurst loves being in the water, whether the Chesterton junior is braving last Sunday's bitter weather to surf Lake Michigan with father Charles or doing laps in the high school pool.
Idle time is hardly at a premium during Sammie Higgins' offseason.
Even at an early age, gymnastics was part of Kylee Mazwell's life. Maxwell was active in "Mommy and Me" classes when she was just 18 months old.
Brandon Bolde realized he could not always be pushed by his competition. The Wheeler sophomore distance swimmer dedicated himself to building a stronger internal drive.
MORGAN TOWNSHIP | Washington Township's offense wasn't always firing on all cylinders, but Senators forward Sammie Higgins kept the engine from stalling Monday night.
Moments into the season opener, Morgan Township guard Trina Coleman landed awkwardly after a layup and jammed her knee. A few weeks later, she dislocated her shoulder against the Argos and missed two games.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso senior gymnast Hannah Erwin wanted to make her final appearance at the Saturday Viking Invitational a memorable one.
Tori Klimczak is undefeated in the regular season throughout her prep career, and the South Central senior swimmer has hardly created ill will.
As a 2-year-old, Caroline Puntillo began playing basketball in her grandma's basement.
Kelly Craig dreamed of being in this position when she was much younger.
HAMMOND |E.C. Central put a scare into Class 4A No. 5-ranked Logansport for over three quarters at Tuesday's Times Region Roundball Rumble.
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