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HIGHLAND | Something was missing, and it wasn’t just the sun.
GARY | There’s no sign, no tug of a sleeve, pat of a nose or rub of a belly.
CROWN POINT | Often a big defensive stop starts a momentum wave that leads to a big offensive inning.
GARY | Early in the day the smell of the nearby mills permeated all of the northern Gary air.
GARY | One word summarized Ethan Hancock’s day before his final at-bat: frustrating.
GARY | If a walk is as good as a hit, this was a case where that hit was always good enough for extra bases.
ST. JOHN | When he wrestled as a freshman and sophomore, Chuck Alexa learned to shoulder blame rather than assign it.
HOBART | Allison Jorsch learned she had juvenile diabetes when she was 7 and has worn an insulin pump since.
CROWN POINT | Alex Del Rio is a study in patience.
CROWN POINT | Despite throwing a complete game with a repertoire that was nearly 50 percent curveballs, pitcher Austin Thomas declined ice from the trainer in the dugout after Tuesday’s game.
MUNSTER | A summer regimen of pitching and hooping was not kind to Kaitlin Doud’s lower back.
HAMMOND | Lake Central played baseball outside for just the ninth time, including a modest eight practices, this “spring” season.
LAFAYETTE | Move over, volleyball trophies. The Marquette Catholic hoops team is bringing back some display items.
WHEATFIELD | Around water coolers, message boards and opposing locker rooms, a familiar question resounded.
WHEATFIELD | One by one the six seniors for Calumet sauntered out of the locker room.
WHEATFIELD | It started innocently enough.
MERRILLVILLE | Although he’s not planning to play basketball in college, Larry Crisler still has the clutch gene deep in his DNA.
HAMMOND | No one can fault Bishop Noll for compiling a daunting schedule at the end of its regular season.
HAMMOND | With a bit more than 10 minutes remaining in Monday's game and his team up 19, Calumet College junior Brian Brilmyer banked home an ugly 3-pointer from the left elbow, looked at the bench and shrugged.
CROWN POINT | As he prepared to exit the game and sit with the rest of his deep senior class, Lake Central point guard Tye Wilburn smiled and motioned to the press table to make sure the statisticians from his school knew he had assisted on the latest bucket.
LAPORTE | It's a proven fact that telling kids there is a monster in the pool makes them swim faster.
ST. JOHN | The questions on everyone’s minds entering Thursday’s showdown surrounded the words react, rebound and respond.
HOBART | Caroline Puntillo felt a vibe on the bus ride from Chesterton to The Brickyard Wednesday.
CEDAR LAKE | Shannon Eden took the brunt of a swinging elbow from one of Knox’s players.
GARY | By the time Davon Dillard cradled an alley-oop pass in front of him and dunked behind his head facing away from the basket, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers was tired.
MUNSTER | Pat McCarthy, like his teammates, knows that game day is about preparing for the game, not waiting for the game.
CALUMET TWP. | Tyreon Gates wasn’t on Bishop Noll’s basketball team his freshman year, so he missed a chance to cut down a piece of the net after Noll won the Greater South Shore Conference that season.
HAMMOND | Marquis Tarver’s shot didn’t need an accompanying wind chill factor for him to notice it had gone cold.
GARY | Among the countless myths related to the new year and its eve is an adage that success in work on the first day of the year will ensure success throughout the ensuing calendar year.
CROWN POINT | On a night when a national prep sports website honored Crown Point's boys soccer team for its state title at halftime, one of the biggest roars came from a small group of boys in the room beneath the bleachers when most fans were in the parking lot.
HIGHLAND | Alyssa Kikalos can admit it now.
CEDAR LAKE | School is still a few days away from being back in session, but two young teams with a cadre of inexperienced players learned plenty of lessons Friday night.
MERRILLVILLE | Tyler Wideman isn’t really an old dog. Next fall he’ll be a new ‘Dog, as a Butler Bulldog.
RICHTON PARK | As the second half of Thursday’s McDipper XLI opener was about to begin, a fan behind the short Seton Academy bench shouted, “Play with some pride!”
RICHTON PARK | There’s no time for complacency, even for the No. 1 120-pound wrestler in the state of Illinois.
CROWN POINT | No Crown Point players wore anything that bore the school’s name on the court Friday night.
HARVEY | On a day when 12 teams took the floor at Thornton, Troy Jackson wrote a simple, albeit legitimate, question on the board in the locker room before the game.
John Konecki first noticed Nyles Morgan during a postseason practice in 2010.
MERRILLVILLE | Angelo Madrigal sat in a classroom Sunday with some Merrillville players who instantly recognized the fierce Valparaiso High School linebacker.
HIGHLAND | DJ Wilkins has been there -- close game, Big Ten coach in the stands, teammates depending on experience and instinct to deliver a victory.
GARY | It’s called living up to the hype.
GARY | Dick Barnett skipped the prom during his senior year at Roosevelt. As classmates in tuxedos passed on their way to the dance, he was outside playing basketball alone, practicing his fade-away jump shot.
CEDAR LAKE | There’s the scorer’s mentality that encourages its user to shoot and shoot, because eventually they’ll drop.
CEDAR LAKE | Up until Wednesday night there was a “Help Wanted” sign for the Lowell girls basketball team’s frontcourt.
ST. JOHN | All traditions die eventually.
MERRILLVILLE | Holding the opponent to 13 positive plays in its first 28 is pretty ominous.
MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville girls basketball coach Amy Govert didn’t compile a 145-38 record entering Saturday’s season opener by being lax about personnel decisions.
MERRILLVILLE | On Thursday nights, Andrean football players practice, fine-tune the game plan, then head to the school cafeteria for a pasta meal prepared by loving moms.
GRIFFITH | Lake Central has many weapons in its basketball arsenal.
ST. JOHN | True champions accept blame, acknowledge flaws and learn from mistakes.
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