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Celeste Garcia transferred from E.C. Central to Wheeler last year, shed tears during her first tennis practice with the Bearcats and felt out of place at No. 1 singles last spring.
Katie Sarnowski hopes for an attentive audience whether she's teaching a high school class or instructing her tennis players.
Winning a softball national championship couldn't sway Jaclyn Heath's thoughts about her favorite sport, basketball.
Chesterton's boys swimming team asserted their influence early, middle and late at Friday's state prelims.
Three years ago, veteran Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel already noted the eye-popping results being produced by his freshman boys class.
LAPORTE | Chesterton senior Aaron Whitaker broke his own LaPorte Sectional records in the 100-yard fly with a time of 48.73 and 100 back in 49.8, and came up with a straightforward plan for teammates Saturday afternoon.
Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel describes senior swimmer Nate Rodriguez as someone whose "cup is always full."
Flu symptoms weakened Vanessa Krause the last few weeks, but she appeared to be much healthier in Friday's state finals prelims.
KOUTS | Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger has wanted more consistent play from his post players this season.
Aubrey Wing did enough waiting at Saturday's Chesterton Sectional, so she wanted to avoid repeating that process the next day.
CHESTERTON | Cara Kroeger realized early on that this would be a special day in the pool.
Whether she's on the golf course or in the swimming pool, Chesterton freshman Andrea Hanas is a quick study.
Portage diver John Fannin is no stranger to postseason heartache.
Wheeler sophomore Rachel Metzger enjoys being a three-sport athlete, because she doesn't have to worry about staying fit.
LAPORTE | Chesterton sophomore Vanessa Krause took this week's history lesson to heart before entering the water for Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference meet.
Jack Fekete took swimming lessons when he was in elementary school, but he didn't quickly take to the water.
HIGHLAND | Midweek, Crown Point girls swimming coach Bryon Angerman described his team as "lethargic, kind of in hibernation."
Routine ice baths and in-season breaks could be a thing of the past for Valparaiso junior diver Taylor McBride.
As a 10-year-old swimmer, Wesley Slaughter needed a kick start.
Team-building pasta parties took a charitable turn for the Portage girls basketball team.
Chesterton freshman swimmer Amy Socha isn't all about creating her own identity.
Ethan Whitaker has dreamed about life in the U.S. Navy for quite some time, but he never gave much thought about being a top-notch swimmer.
Swimming is much more than a choice for South Central freshman Cameron Klimczak. It's a way of life.
Soft-spoken and understated about his swimming practice demeanor, Valparaiso sophomore Isaiah Parrish still gains attention from his teammates.
Gary Kostbade was in attendance when Chesterton won its initial boys swimming state title in 2008, and he watched the Trojans win titles in 2009 and last winter on line.
A few years ago, Cara Kroeger met three-time United States Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger at a local event, and the discussion turned to the water.
College-decision ceremonies are nothing new for Kevin Kinel, but Tuesday's event stood out in the mind of the veteran Chesterton swimming coach.
UNION TWP. | Washington Township boys soccer coach Joe Nugent had mixed emotions Wednesday.
PORTAGE | Valparaiso coach Tim Shideler hoped his players could exploit some Penn mistakes Tuesday afternoon, but those opportunities were few and far between.
A rough start to the season served Noah Klumpe well.
PORTAGE | Thursday's foreboding skies were the backdrop as Valparaiso No. 3 singles player Derek Wappel tried to serve out his match.
PORTAGE | Jack Hibbard's team had already been eliminated before he finished his first set at No. 1 singles Wednesday, but the Wheeler junior found a way to extend his season.
A great deal of Jack Hibbard's offseason tennis regimen was lost to a labrum tear in his right shoulder, but the Wheeler No. 1 singles player never thought his junior season would be in jeopardy.
Tennis wasn't Peter Williams' first sport, but it's his No. 1 love now.
Portage first-year tennis coach Scott Garrison figured senior John Fannin could handle the pressure-packed rigors of No. 1 singles.
Prep tennis is new for Johny Mario, but the Chesterton freshman No. 1 singles player is no stranger to the court.
Scott Garrison loves coaching tennis, but he hasn't always enjoyed the long drives to and from practice.
CHESTERTON | Bobby Jacobs didn't win the Northern Amateur, but the recent Valparaiso grad picked up some valuable pointers.
CHESTERTON | Jeff Ryan said a lot of the competition was old enough to be his own children, but that didn't stop the 45-year-old golfer from hanging with the field at the 38th annual Northern Amateur.
Early-morning feedings for her youngest child and nail-biting finishes to softball games have been the recent norm for Portage softball coach Lisa Hayes.
Amidst the celebratory hugs, shouts and tears after the Class 4A softball state championship win, Portage pitcher Kiley Jones received a heartfelt phone call from her aunt.
Valparaiso's Andrew Gariup blinked one hole before completing his first even-par, 18-hole round in a high school competition.
Jade McKnight doubles the state finals appearances of twin sister Jalise, but the Portage long jumper remains envious of her sibling center fielder.
Portage's Stephanie Upton moved from catcher to first base last season, and she stopped playing both soccer and basketball this year to focus solely on softball.
Alex Pancek envisions becoming a golf superintendent some day, but now the Valparaiso senior's focus is on the prep game.
VALPARAISO | Bobby Jacobs is known for his stoic presence on the course, but Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger noticed his senior golfer cracking a few more smiles Friday morning.
Poor chips shots, wayward drives and three-putts on the green seemed like minor issues to Portage senior golfer Nick Lewis in mid-March.
Emily Kolb is definitely thankful her mom Amy is a physical therapist, especially after the Kouts junior tore the ACL in her left knee two winters ago.
Trey Biggs' family brought an extra guest to a friend's wedding Saturday night.
UNION MILLS | Three outs away from a 10-run rule loss, Westville tried to extend its season — if just for one more inning.
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