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The starting rotation for Valparaiso's boys golf team mainly originates from a list of six seniors, and none of them seem to be taking off their final season of prep golf.
Kelly Dickensheets is coaching the state's top-ranked volleyball program for the first time in her extensive career, a position that seemed impossible a year ago.
Chesterton's LouAnn Hopson, like most area coaches this spring, was concerned how the colder preseason temperatures would affect her softball club.
Friday's Valparaiso Regional is little more than a warmup for the gymnastics state finals.
Less than a month after predicting Chesterton would win the program's third boys swimming state title, I don't mind jumping ahead of myself again.
Paige Aguilera's competitive basketball career is quickly nearing its end, while her collegiate athletic endeavor is in its infancy stage.
The state swimming and diving finals are almost a month away, but I don't think it's too early to make a prediction.
South Central's girls basketball team appears to be in position for the program's first Porter County Conference Tournament crown.
Debates about sports rankings can bring some of the most volatile discussions. College football's Bowl Championship Series has normally been a hot-button topic for fans. At the local level, I've received my fair share of questions about the prep polls I help produce.
This year has been very trying for Westville eighth-grader Jimmy Coros and his family.
The fall national signing day was two weeks ago, but I feel Paige Kraushaar's commitment is worth a well-deserved second look.
Matt Bush doesn't mince words. He's a confident guy who's sure of his abilities as a basketball coach.
The 2012 area prep soccer season is over, and I believe its premature conclusion can be viewed as a disappointing ending.
A few minutes after winning the Class 2A Valparaiso Sectional title, the host Vikings boys soccer team posed for a photo.
Kelly Grassel made history Saturday afternoon at the IHSAA girls golf state finals, but that moment has hardly consumed the Chesterton senior.
Beechwood Golf Course isn't the site for Saturday's girls golf regional, a fact that is up for debate with some local coaches.
I guess I'm pretty fortunate, playing a high school sport with just one head coach.
Valparaiso boys soccer coach Danny Jeftich is understandably busy during his prep season, but he and his team have still found time for a local volunteer project.
Randy Drummond bought lottery tickets last weekend, and I don't blame him for trying to extend his good fortune.
"That was it, no more of them."
Three area seniors were part of the local contingent who didn't qualify for Wednesday's championship round of state boys golf finals, but I wouldn't call their final prep rounds were a total negative experience.
Chesterton's postseason softball victories against Lake Central and Crown Point caught me off guard, since the Trojans were 0-4 in the regular season against their Duneland Athletic Conference foes.
Tuesday's results from a Duneland Athletic Conference boys golf match at Palmira left me shaking my head.
Wheeler tennis coach Mike Rosta has lately learned that assistants Gary Dixon and Bob Barthold won't just volunteer their free time for court activities.
Just two weeks into the boys golf season, it might be premature of Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger to make future down state hotel reservations.
I didn't blink about leaving Portage's softball team off The Times preseason Top 10 poll.
The sting of a heartbreaking loss was still fresh in the minds of Valparaiso's gymnastics team, but coaches and athletes alike wasted no time congratulating the new state champions from Fort Wayne Dwenger.
A 4-inch wide surface will definitely play a huge role in Friday's Valparaiso Gymnastics Regional.
Riley Charlesworth said his younger sister Justene hasn't claimed braggin' rights in the household.
Chesterton girls swimming coach Kevin Kinel expects this weekend's IHSAA state finals to be a "pretty wild tournament," and I can't disagree with him.
Jim Jessup believes he can get into one of the arms of his old South Central letter jacket. Earl Cunningham believes he might fit into his, but he just cannot locate it.
Next week the basketball tournaments for the Porter County Conference commence, and once again I shake my head with their blind-draw.
With 2012 only a few days away, I resolve to change some of my ways.
Three years have passed since Chesterton won its last boys swimming state crown.
In the case of Portage senior center midfielder Donovan Cole, statistics don't truly explain his abilities on the soccer pitch.
One boys tennis match continued to peak my interest Tuesday.
I'll admit that penalty-kick shootouts in soccer are thrilling for players, coaches and fans, but that doesn't mean I endorse the format.
The prep soccer season is only 10 days old, but it already feels different for Boone Grove boys coach Brian Sherwin because of graduation losses, new additions to the lineup and the debut of the two-class postseason soccer tournament.
Victory Christian Academy athletic director Derek Chirch wants his school to be a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Carl Patz is once again behind a throwing project. This time, the objects being tossed are a lot lighter. On July 17, the Let It Fly Throwing track club will run a beanbag tournament at Pav's Restaurant in Hebron. The event is a fundraiser for the squad's trip to the USATF Junior Olympic Nat…
No local teams advanced to the championship round of the IHSAA state golf finals Tuesday, but there were more than a few underclassmen who deserve a return trip to the Legends of Indiana in Franklin next season.
Hebron's softball team made program history Tuesday with its Class 2A Regional crown, but that doesn't mean this team is now satisfied with their season.
Opposing softball coaches talk to Washington Twp. coach Jack Corley about his bright future, since the first-year man has four freshmen in his starting lineup.
I haven't attended a prep contest so far this spring. Some of the conditions equal past wintry days, so I don't mind staying indoors.
The early moments of Tracy Corneil's varsity coaching career have been interesting to say the least.
Over the past year, Bill Berger has gradually increased the amount of free time he has on his hands.
Saturday's upset win in the Class A Bowman Academy Sectional championship extended a streak that slipped Morgan Twp. coach Matt Bush's mind.
Time is an hour ahead in Indianapolis, but that's not the only clock difference on the minds of Chesterton's swimmers.
For the past two seasons, Chesterton's girls swimming team has missed third place at the IHSAA state finals by a combined three points.
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