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Former Gavit and Wabash College football and baseball star Rich Blastic, now plant manager at Huhtamaki in Hammond, talks with Times sports writer Mike Nieto
They say old-time managers like Casey Stengel managed by the seat of his pants.
Like many success stories, Rich Kallok's coaching career started by coincidence.
Bryce Brill cracks a grin when people ask him if he knows how to spell "success."
PODCAST: Mike Nieto talks with New Orleans Saints running back and former T.F. South star Pierre Thomas.
Crete-Monee senior linebacker Omari Stringer has committed to Indiana University.
HAMMOND | When Rich Blastic walks into a store or sees someone carrying drinks from a restaurant, a sense of pride comes over him.
STEGER | Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark Kjenstad spent more time pacing the floor at night than he did pacing in the dugout during one of the Chargers games.
STEGER | It caught the ear of Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark KJenstad when his 6-year-old son Ryen got everyone's attention at Veterans Park in Steger.
LANSING | When T.F. South football coach Tom Padjen calls his former player Pierre Thomas a superstar, he stresses that it is not just because he is a star NFL running back for the New Orleans Saints.
Mount Carmel's David Dobinrich talks with Mike Nieto about playing in U.S. Cellular Field
It as hard to tell who was having more fun at the Pierre Thomas skills camp at T.F. South Tuesday -- the young campers or Thomas?
Is the line about to be drawn in the sand again?
Celeste Friel remembers the day she broke the Illinois girls lacrosse single-season state goals record.
Homewood-Flossmoor didn't have to look far to name its new boys basketball coach.
LANSING | Despite the rain pelting him and the campers, Pierre Thomas stood outside of T.F. South's football stadium Tuesday afternoon and posed for pictures and signed autographs for campers.
Jeff Stur knew he would have to have some creativity if he wanted to work in the sports marketing and media relations field.
CHICAGO | Once the awe of playing at U.S. Cellular Field wore off and all the pregame photos were taken by family members, the Catholic League and Public League All-Stars battled the heat and one another.
It is always a good thing to see when a former player returns to his or her prep alma mater to coach.
Mount Carmel running back and 2013 Times Offensive Player of the Year Matt Domer has been denied admission to the University of Illinois.
It will be like Christmas in June for St. Francis de Sales' senior Kemari Simmons when he steps onto the field at U.S. Cellular Field today for the Catholic League vs. Public League All-Star Game.
Mark Morgan waited a long time for his first head football coaching job and the longtime assistant with various programs is anxious about taking over at Washington High School on Chicago's East Side.
Mike Nieto talks with former West Side boys basketball coach Ike Brown on his coaching career.
Sam Agyarko is out as the Thornwood High School athletic director.
GARY | When former West Side boys basketball coach Ike Brown goes through his stacks of memorabilia, which includes several plaques on the wall of his home, the things that he cherishes the most are the letters he receives from his players.
It looks like it will be double duty for LaShaunda Sandifer.
Even the Illinois Lutheran baseball team didn't think it would win the state title via the 10-run rule.
Mike Nieto talks with Illinois Lutheran baseball player Sam Geraci on winning the Class 1A state title
Imagine having the chance to compete for a former Olympian?
EAST PEORIA | The only tears on the Beecher players' faces Saturday at EastSide Centre were from the raindrops that pelted them after their 6-1 loss to Monticello in the Class 2A third-place game.
EAST PEORIA | Despite coming up short of winning the program's third state softball title, Beecher has a good team coming back next year.
PEORIA | In a postseason of close games, the final one for Illinois Lutheran was anything but.
PEORIA | Until Saturday, Illinois Lutheran's John Sager had just 14 at-bats and four hits.
People have asked what is it like for us at The Times and nwi.com when a team goes to state.
Former T.F. North two-sport star LaShaunda Sandifer is expected to be named the school's girls volleyball coach, principal Dwayne Evans told The Times on Wednesday.
STEGER | They all played together as boys growing up in Crete.
LANSING | A month ago, Matt Dykstra and his Illiana Christian teammates didn't think they would win a regional title.
CHICAGO | He has heard it since he was a little kid.
Former Crown Point girls basketball standout Cassie Pruzin finds herself in unfamiliar sea of red these days.
Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark Kjenstad has many words to describe his ace pitcher Grant Farmer, but one kept coming up more than once.
CHICAGO | Ako Thomas might as well been wearing a boxing glove instead of a batting glove.
NEW LENOX | T.F. South made the plays when it needed to on defense and at the plate.
If anyone needed to jump-start their grills over the weekend, they might have wanted to use Sam Geraci's bat.
Former T.F. South baseball coach Bill Anderson cannot help but to get on one of his former players.
When Crete-Monee coach Gene Cahan talks about Brandon Hickey being one of his leaders, the veteran Crete coach is not just talking about the senior's pitching ability.
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CALUMET CITY | The naming of the T.F. North baseball field after retiring coach Mike Kosiara is not official, nor is the title of Calumet City's "Mr. Baseball," but those who gathered Friday afternoon begged to differ.
Homewood-Flossmoor boys basketball coach Jim McLaughlin said Thursday that he is retiring from coaching.
LANSING | On a day when T.F. South honored its seniors and those who help their renovated softball field become reality, a freshman came through in the clutch.
LANSING | Illiana Christian senior runner Alexa Beezhold has an encouraging word for younger teammates who might lack some confidence.
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