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Eighteen years ago, Kevin Kearney sat on the edge of a roof five stories up watching the finish of the Boston Marathon with his mom as his dad, Steve, made his way to the line.
CHESTERTON | It's the beauty of baseball, the ability to put a bad game behind you quickly and start with a clean slate the next afternoon.
There's an ease in the way Corey Rusboldt plays shortstop, a smooth flow that suggests he's been at the position since the first time he put a glove on his left hand.
VALPARAISO | From the tone of coach Tim Pirowski's voice, it was hard to tell whether Times No. 4 Portage had just beaten Valparaiso 13-3 in Wednesday's Duneland Athletic Conference opener or had actually lost.
For Brad Blank, the unknown was the worst part.
When Steve Kearney envisioned what his last season of coaching would be like, this certainly wasn't one of the scenarios.
GARY | The jitters of his first varsity start behind him, Portage sophomore Jacob Dickson took the mound much more relaxed Friday, even if it was at the U.S. Steel Yard.
CHESTERTON | After scuffling to an 0-3 start on its Duneland Athletic Conference swing, Bishop Noll was glad to generate any offense it could Thursday against Chesterton.
It takes two to tango and four to run a relay.
HEBRON | Closers aren't too common in prep baseball, but when Wheeler coach Kyle Becich called on Austin Whitaker to get the last out Wednesday against Times No. 10 Hebron, the Bearcats junior wasn't in foreign territory.
Not many players possess it, that unique presence, an 'it' factor that elevates those around him.
It was Kathy Levandoski's freshman year at Wisconsin-Whitewater when the three-sport athlete first became familiar with a training room.
INDIANAPOLIS | In a game where he scored 34 points and hit a Class A state finals record seven 3-pointers, it was a defensive play that may have been the biggest moment for Marquette Catholic's Ryan Fazekas on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
INDIANAPOLIS | He's known at Marquette Catholic as 'Guaranteed' Reed.
When Donovan Garletts put together Marquette Catholic's basketball schedule, the Blazers coach had the big picture in mind, not a gaudy record.
At 27, Donovan Garletts is among the youngest coaches to lead a team to the state finals.
Whether it's a steady hand or a demonstrative wave of his arms, Braxton Miller has his finger on the pulse of Marquette's basketball team, knowing just what it needs at any particular moment.
INDIANAPOLIS | After a 24-2 season that ended with a one-point loss in the regional final, Barr-Reeve opened the 2013-14 campaign perched atop the Class A poll.
Life has thrown a lot at Nate Flores.
MICHIGAN CITY | Among all the rebounds Tyler Wideman has grabbed and will grab in his career, this is one he will never forget.
MICHIGAN CITY | With LaPorte nursing a narrow third-quarter lead over Lake Central in Saturday's Class 4A Michigan City Regional, the Slicers' student section broke out the "overrated" cheer on Tyler Wideman.
VALPARAISO | A vocal band of Kylee Maxwell supporters that included family, friends, classmates, her principal and chemistry teacher sat in the south balcony of Viking Gym Friday, and the Morgan Township sophomore made it worth their trip.
There's a calming presence that Josh Fleming conveys, a relaxed demeanor that makes those around him feel like everything's going to be OK.
Marquette High School is a short 4-mile drive across town from Michigan City High School.
When Joe Otis took over as Valparaiso girls basketball coach and Candy Wilson came on as the junior varsity coach last year, it only figured to be a matter of time before Wilson ascended to the first chair.
VALPARAISO | It's supposed to be difficult to beat a good team three times in a season.
VALPARAISO | It's been 14 years since LaPorte and Michigan City have met for a sectional title.
Growing up in Northwest Indiana, Trevor Spangenberg saw his fair share of Chicago Fire soccer matches.
VALPARAISO | When Chris Palombizio went down with a broken bone in his foot Feb. 21 against Valpo, the prevailing opinion was that Chesterton's sectional chances went down with him.
VALPARAISO | One point, three fouls.
Two years ago while conducting tryouts, Lake Central baseball coach Jeff Sandor told players they would have to make a sacrifice to be on the team, and it had nothing to do with bunting.
CHESTERTON | Senior night went from an apparent walk in the park to hanging on for dear life for Chesterton.
There's no bull's-eye on the back of Jon Hogg's jerseys, but the Boone Grove senior has had to wonder at times.
If Friday's rough loss at Chesterton left Valparaiso with a sour taste, Sunday's state tournament draw may have provided the mouthwash.
INDIANAPOLIS | Growing up in Cedar Lake, Stevan Micic idolized Andrew Howe, the three-time state champion for Hanover Central in 2006-08.
INDIANAPOLIS | When the sole aim is to wrestle under the spotlight on the center mat, it's not easy to retrieve the mojo for a consolation match.
INDIANAPOLIS | Given a choice, Brendan Black would've rather wrestled, even with the prospect of facing a semistate champion who placed at the state finals last year.
A kid shooting baskets in the driveway with his dad is the stuff of Indiana high school hoops lore.
One season removed from junior varsity, Tristan Dembowski faced a long leap to make it all the way to state qualifier.
Wrestling has served as a vehicle to take Stevan Micic many places.
MERRILLVILLE | They may look like freshmen, but Griffith's Jeremiah Reitz and Munster's Jason Crary sure don't wrestle like them.
MERRILLVILLE | Saturday's Merrillville Semistate came to an abrupt end for Portage sophomore Gaige Torres and Indians coach Leroy Vega.
KOUTS | With chaos unfolding around her, Trina Coleman was the calm in the midst of the storm for Morgan Township.
PORTAGE | Effort has never been an issue for Portage. Scoring has been.
Nearly two full seasons on the mat and only a handful of varsity matches to his name, Matthew Hedrick found himself nearing a crossroads in his Portage wrestling career.
CROWN POINT | Several wrestlers came into Saturday's Crown Point Regional with payback in mind, and three of them exacted it.
CHESTERTON | Starter and substitute are just terms to John Boyd, mere semantics.
Change didn't come easily for Washington Township's Brandon Adkins.
There are no days off for Jack Tolin.
LAPORTE | If Jaycee Jensen doesn't do anything special the rest of the postseason, he will always have this moment.
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