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COLLEGE STATION, Texas | There were some adjustments Jerrick Suiter needed to make when he moved to Fort Worth for his freshman year at Texas Christian University.
ROUND ROCK, Texas | Standing under the blazing Texas sun on Wednesday afternoon, Jeff Samardzija is wearing a Chicago Cubs T-shirt and shorts throwing long toss with a teammate standing 120 feet away from him in right field of The Dell Diamond.
Pete Trgovich played for arguably the best basketball coach of all time in John Wooden at UCLA in the early 1970s. Although one of the game's great minds taught him, there's still something he wishes he had taken away.
MUNSTER | Munster coach Matt Pavlovich admits that his team is mentally and physically banged up at this point in the season. Two days after a satisfying win in a crazed dual meet over Chesterton, the team didn't have time for a hangover in the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.
CROWN POINT | The first half on Saturday night was dominated by a Michael. The second half was as well.
MUNSTER | With the capacity crowd at crescendo for the last event of the event, both tradition-rich swimming programs wanted to show what they had.
ST. JOHN | Sara Kielbasinski insists she isn't a competitive person. But behind the soft-spoken and friendly facade, there has to be a hint of competitive fire inside, right?
MUNSTER | Jillian Homans isn't afraid of a challenge.
WHEATFIELD | Playing against her good friend and AAU teammate, Natasha Zurek knew she had a tough task defending Kankakee Valley sharpshooter Brandee Hudspeth on Friday.
CROWN POINT | Blake Yeager is not yet sure how his mom will feel when he ships off to swim in college. She will either have the innate nurturing mom response and obligatory sadness or take great joy in knowing the grocery bill will be undoubtedly smaller.
CROWN POINT | When 10-year-old Zaire Moss got invited by his grandmother to watch the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday night, he didn't know what to expect. Watching as a spectator, Moss eventually got a chance to join the fun.
CROWN POINT | Angela Roberts' specialty event is the 200-yard individual medley. It's an event that highlights her diversity in the pool, which requires completing all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
GARY | Andrean picked up a big-time 65-50 win over West Side on Tuesday.
SCHERERVILLE | Having not played any organized basketball in two years, Bryan Brown knew it would take time for the rust to wear off. Exacerbating the problem was the fact that his Campagna Academy Warriors had only four games before the tip-off.
HIGHLAND | Ticketed as one of her team's main goals from the onset of the season -- winning Saturday's Highland Invite -- Chesterton's Olivia Kabacinski knew she was in for an uphill battle in the afternoon.
LOWELL | Bridgette Ruehl considers herself to be a fairly shy person.
LOWELL | Bridgette Ruehl considers herself to be a fairly shy person.
GARY | Thomas Pierce IV wanted to experience every facet of the game on Wednesday night.
MUNSTER | His teammates have a background consisting of years of toil in age-group competition. However, Munster's Max Kilibarda grew up in the water quite unconventionally.
ST. JOHN | After drawing his fourth foul with 1:11 remaining in the third quarter Tuesday night, Lake Central center Leith Hobbs was substituted out of the game. He was met at the bench with standing support from his teammates acknowledging his assertive effort.
CROWN POINT | Hannah Raspopovich didn't intend it to be a tradition at first, but every time she steps up to the blocks before a race she cracks her fingers and toes.
CROWN POINT | With 6:59 left in the fourth quarter, Crown Point center Jared Smoot got one simple command from an assistant coach as he entered the game: Go grab them boards.
MERRILLVILLE | Andrean senior Terrance Swayne wanted to use all of his 6-foot-6 inch frame on Thursday night.
When Colin Burke was a freshman he had no intentions to swim.
HIGHLAND | Coach Ryan Harrington wishes he could use Highland sophomore Lindsey Stockton in more events.
MUNSTER | With the bull's-eye squarely on their backs this season as the state's preseason No. 1 team, the Munster boys swim team continues to warrant the recognition and is breaking records along the way.
HOBART | Bishop Noll coach Drew Trost isn't too concerned with his team's offense coming together at this point in the season. He knows will the wealth of skill on his team, the Warriors will mesh eventually. Right now his sole focus is getting his team to play tough-nose defense.
ST. JOHN | When Alexis Palkovich was younger, her mother had to do something to tame her child's hyperactivity. The solution was throwing her in the pool.
Hanover Central coach Rod Bollenbacher will find out early in the season the makeup of his basketball team.
WHEATFIELD | John Rawlings Jr. isn't one for making excuses or letting anything get in his way.
Hanging on the wall in the coaches' office at Munster is a plaque indicating which former swimmers have gone on to swim at the college level.
BOONE GROVE | Boone Grove coach Candy Wilson knew she would have plenty of scoring this season with three double-digit scorers returning to the lineup, but she also wanted a strong defense.
MUNSTER | Munster senior captain Stacey Wierman is a firm believer in hard work paying off.
RENSSELAER | Britney Cruse wants her Saint Joseph's College teammates to know she isn't content on being on a losing team. The sophomore guard enjoyed success at Merrillville before coming to Saint Joe's, and she wants to be the bellwether for a change in attitude and ultimately a change in …
GARY | When Ryan Shelton took over as IU Northwest women's coach three seasons ago, he knew tough sledding was ahead. To complicate matters, when Shelton invited prospective recruits to campus for games to help overhaul the fledgling program, it wasn't rare for them to watch the RedHawks get…
GARY | It's no secret that Pete Trgovich III wanted to play Division I basketball following his prep career at Andrean and Munster. Expectations are pretty high when your father played at UCLA under John Wooden.
HAMMOND | Whether it was molding young players into a team, watching the wins pile up after all the hard work or just enjoying his time in the gym, Tom Megyesi couldn't go without it.
HAMMOND | Dan Voudrie was content heading into the upcoming season. The Purdue Calumet men's basketball second-year coach had 10 incoming freshmen to help the revamp the program.
ST. JOHN | As Zach Raspopovich was standing on the sideline with his team trailing 13-0 in the second quarter, the Merrillville junior quarterback told his offensive unit it needed to play with more urgency in order to avoid a huge upset.
GARY | Hobart coach Wally McCormack has preached to his team for weeks that it needs to be playing its best football at the end the season.
CROWN POINT | Locked up in a lackluster 3-3 tie late in the second quarter at Crown Point, Michigan City got a shot in the arm from the Rodney Washington.
ST. JOHN | All season long, the spotlight has shined bright on the Times No. 2 Merrillville offense. And that's understandable with stars such as running back Denzel Pierce and quarterback Zach Raspopovich.
LOWELL | Following Lowell coach Kirk Kennedy's postgame talk, the Times No. 1 Red Devils put their helmets together and were led by fiery quarterback Ray Skamay, who broke down on what's ahead for his cohorts: a Northwest Crossroads Conference title and another long run into the playoffs.
Before Brianna Davy approached the first tee box this season, her major goals were to qualify for state and to have an opportunity to play golf at the collegiate level.
CROWN POINT | Coming into the season, Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut knew what he had in senior Sammy Vercellino. The talented forward -- who's committed to playing at High Point University -- needed the rest of her senior class to step up in order for the season be a success.
ST. JOHN | With starting quarterback Rodney Washington not playing due to an injury Friday night, senior running back Adam Harmon knew he had to pick up the load.
Kimmy Proud was supposed to be destined to be a golfer. After all, she lives on the 11th tee box at Sandy Pines Golf Club and comes from a lineage of golfers that includes her parents and older brothers.
HAMMOND | Carolyn Kupchik admits she wasn't delighted when she found out Bishop Noll Sectional was at Lost Marsh Golf Course this season. The long course ate her up the previous time she played there as a freshman, when she shot a 101.
MOROCCO | North Newton wanted to try to get off to a quick start on Friday night against River Forest. Coach Marc Hall installed the hurry-up offense in hopes that in might get his team's pace up on offense and throw off the Ingots.
CROWN POINT | It was unclear before the season if Haji Mammadov would make Valparaiso's boys soccer team. The senior traveled to his native Azerbaijan to visit his family in the summer and gave up the opportunity to workout with his teammates.
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