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VALPARAISO | It was a day Matt Thomas has been looking forward to most of his adult life, the day he would take the court for his first official practice as a varsity head coach.
TERRE HAUTE | When a runner leads as many races as Elena Lancioni has in her career, people may not notice whether she has a kick or not.
TERRE HAUTE | LaPorte's elite club of distance runners gained a new member at Saturday's boys state cross country finals.
Rebecca Timm figured out sometime during eighth grade that her athletics future would be in a sport with no ball involved.
Three runners, one lineup spot.
Great anticipation didn't precede Matt Keator's arrival in Chesterton's lineup last season.
Next up for Robbie Hummel, now that the Valparaiso High School and Purdue University graduate is officially a player in the National Basketball Association, is finding a place to live that doesn't have a checkout time.
NEW CARLISLE | It's called having your cake and eating it, too.
NEW CARLISLE | The bubble that burst on Munster and Crown Point at last year's New Prairie Semistate claimed another victim Saturday.
Indiana high schools don't come much littler than LaCrosse, whose enrollment barely exceeds 100.
When Kyle Burch intercepted a pass last week against Calumet, the Wheeler senior tied the school's season record for pickoffs.
NEW CARLISLE | It was a measure of revenge that had been mostly unspoken leading up to Saturday morning.
Patience is a virtue. Good things come to those who wait. Your time will come.
Among his range of receiving skills, the quality Cody Maldonado takes the most pride in is his dependability.
LIBERTY TWP. | Valparaiso's boys won the Chesterton Sectional for the fourth year in a row Tuesday.
Barring a loss to Mishawaka on Friday, Penn will enter the inaugural Class 6A state tournament as the top-ranked football team in Indiana.
When Bryan Flannery was younger, he used to run laps around the track at Portage with his brother Jim, a former Indians runner whose teams reached the state cross country finals in 2003 and 2004.
At this point, George Kranik has heard all the snide remarks, all the jokes about his size.
PORTER TWP. | Winning never gets old.
LAPORTE | Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference Championship marked the first time LaPorte played host to the meet, and the Slicers made the most of the occasion at Kesling Park.
Humble Elena Lancioni talks softly and carries a big kick.
Statistics are the simplest measure of a player's value.
For Hailey Haveck, standing still is never an option.
From a young age, Stephen Aldrich stood a head above and a shoulder wide of most students in his grade.
NEW CARLISLE | It was smooth sailing for Anthony Didion at Saturday's New Prairie Invitational.
NEW CARLISLE | When Abby Getautas came up gimpy on the first hill at Saturday's New Prairie Invitational, Hebron coach Mike DeFries figured the Hawks' chance to repeat as Class A champions were dealt a costly blow.
As a freshman, Ben Savage didn't need a watch. He had Alec Kostelnik.
There's talking the talk and walking the walk.
Smile, make up for it on the next play, have fun.
MICHIGAN CITY | Preparing for Michigan City's dynamic offense would've been a chore under normal circumstances.
It started just over a year ago.
From the time he started playing Pop Warner football when he was 10, Niko Kilburg was always small for an offensive lineman.
CHESTERTON | With only a handful of varsity starts under his belt, Cole Teal isn't the most experienced quarterback around, but the Chesterton senior has savvy that extends well beyond those numbers.
CHESTERTON | Close but no cigar.
CHESTERTON | They waited, and waited and waited some more, but Mother Nature's a persistent old gal.
Whenever Daisy Heath does a warmup mile at practice, the Hebron senior thinks back to a time, not all that long ago, when she struggled to finish it.
There was a time when Chris Klenk's athletic future looked like it would be in running.
SOUTH BEND | The only downside to Chesterton's go-ahead touchdown was the 1:45 it left on the clock for South Bend St. Joseph and senior quarterback Matthew Monserez on Friday at Father Bly Field.
Given the choice of jamming at Wembley Stadium or winning a state title, Ari Coulopoulos doesn't hesitate in his answer.
Sports has provided Kyra Ball a buffet of opportunities and the Portage sophomore has done her fair share of sampling.
VALPARAISO | Griffith only got a glimpse of what Justin Green could do last year, when the transfer from Las Vegas had to wait until the sectional to gain his eligibility.
Fresh out of Portage High School, Wally McCormack started his football coaching career as a 19-year old at Fegely Middle School, brought on board by his own coach, Bob Mattix.
VALPARAISO | As an aspiring young baller, Robbie Hummel spent countless hours hooping at the Valparaiso YMCA.
Northern Illinois was the first school to offer Kevin Jones a scholarship.
After three years at Portage, Mark Peterson's tenure quietly ended in February 2010 with a brief written statement, followed by vague comments from then-athletic director Jeff Smith about philosophical differences.
Time may have diminished their skills just a little, but it hasn't taken its toll on their love of the game.
Growing up a few minutes from Lake Central, Scott Hicko chose to attend Andrean for his high school education.
Often tedious, but always essential, fundraising is one of the necessary evils of being a high school football coach.
At 33, Bobby Wong is a little young to have a bucket list.
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