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CROWN POINT | The world was spinning quicker. The heart should've been pounding. But Hobart pitcher Dana Claussen's mind was somewhere else.
MERRILLVILLE | Carson Cunningham knows his future will now have his beloved region pizza frozen and sent to him via the U.S. Postal service.
CROWN POINT | Miranda Elish and her teammates didn't hear it once or twice or three times.
The courtship lasted awhile, but the date with destiny for West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson and Ohio State was confirmed.
HOBART | Hannah Wilson is not alone. The sophomore softball player at Hobart is like roughly half the kids in America, whose parents have gone through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce.
HIGHLAND | Depth is a great asset in boys track sectionals. Insane speed is right there with the large numbers when trophies are being handed out.
HAMMOND | Bishop Noll lost a lot of talent from its softball team last year. At the top of the list was hard-throwing pitcher Vanessa Hartzell, a powerful strikeout waiting to happen.
Bishop Noll boys basketball coach Drew Trost is looking forward to returning home to Salt Lake City, where he accepted the coaching position at Juan Diego Catholic High School, making the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
The IHSAA blind draw tournament is as traditional in Indiana as corn and dirty flannel shirts. Sometimes it gives good results. Sometimes it doesn't.
HAMMOND | The biggest drama took place on Tuesday night when Times No. 6 Bishop Noll scored five runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh inning to beat No. 10 Whiting to win the Greater South Shore Conference championship.
Carson Cunningham led Andrean to the Class 3A Northern Semistate in March. After the 68-63 overtime loss to Fort Wayne Concordia and the coming loss of nine seniors, the Purdue grad was asked if he would return as the 59ers coach.
HAMMOND | Many old-timers say today's youth just don't listen to their elders anymore. Too busy with social media and other silly nonsense, it's been suggested.
CROWN POINT | She's like Elvis at a county fair in the mid 1950s. Or the Beatles playing in front of a German crowd before Ed Sullivan.
GRIFFITH | You would think that Carly Murphy would've taken her little sister, Tegan, out for dinner on Thursday night. And paid for it, too. At a place that doesn't serve grub in a bag.
WHEATFIELD | Diane Cavinder gingerly walked to the softball diamond at Kankakee Valley on Wednesday before the Times No. 8 Kougars took on No. 4 Griffith.
When Calumet Christian School volleyball coach Melinda Carr learned the Indiana High School Athletic Association adopted a bylaw to allow home-schooled students to participate in IHSAA-sanctioned sports, Carr said two words.
The IHSAA's Board of Directors were busy on Monday. The new sectional alignments for all sports were released for the next two school seasons, and the IHSAA approved home-school students to participate in athletics in the school district where they live.
CROWN POINT | One of the oldest and most time-tested adages in softball is simple: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
Alyssa Matson was your typical 10-year-old. She didn't really know what she wanted to do so she did everything.
ST. JOHN | If it was by design, Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson won't admit it. If it was planned out, it was brilliant and allowed The Times No. 1 Trojans to win an insane game at Lake Central on Thursday.
MERRILLVILLE | Maybe it was the freezing wind blowing straight into her face. Or maybe one of her Andrean 59ers cracked a joke when she was in the middle of the circle.
LOWELL | It was a Yin and Yang kind of afternoon. It had a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.
HARVEY | Tim Zasada looked at the rosters and knew it was a little slanted. The 1990 Hammond grad's premonition proved true Saturday afternoon at Thornton High School.
ST. JOHN | Lily Del Toro was an interesting young lady. There were highs and lows as she started her love of physical activity.
LOWELL | Pete Iussig heard a noise last summer. He looked out the window and saw nothing. No car. No tractor. No cows.
Michael Schlotman lead Munster to an undefeated regular season, the No. 1 ranking in the state in every poll and a sectional championship.
CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Board hired its first football coach in more than four decades on Tuesday night, voting 5-0 in favor of hiring Robert Harrison.
ST. JOHN | It wasn't a "must win" game as "must win" games go, but it wasn't too far away.
Across Northwest Indiana on Saturday night, sports fans cheered loudly for their favorite team in the NCAA tournament's semifinals. Pubs and sports bars were packed.
Several years ago Mitch McGary grabbed a rebound in a summer AAU tournament game. His coach started barking the same thing over and over again.
CEDAR LAKE | Sometimes being nice isn't the best way to go. At least in a wild and crazy high school softball game played on a cold field with gale force winds blowing at hurricane speed.
On Tuesday night, Mallory McKee was doing what she loved. She was on a softball field competing. It is what the Chesterton junior was born to do.
CHESTERTON | Megan Tymorek heard it about 1,000 times last June. So, too, did Chesterton softball coach LouAnne Hopson. It was a constant theme in region softball conversations.
All of America will be watching. Likely half the world will be eyeballing Saturday's NCAA Final Four at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. The greatest percentage will care about the game's outcomes.
It was a beautiful autumn eve on the north side of Chicago. Dave Pishkur and his son, Ryne, were taking it all in. The buzz in the air was intense, historic.
CEDAR LAKE | On a not-so-good Friday where both teams played less than their best, Mallory McKee got the game-winning "hit."
MERRILLVILLE | The resume is impeccable. The numbers are insane.
Steve Magiera played tennis when he was a student at Highland back in the 1970s. But that doesn't mean the 1976 graduate wasn't keeping an eye on the game of basketball.
GARY | The Bowman Academy boys basketball team was having lunch. The Eagles weren't talking cocky hoops in early January. How could they?
Many students at Lew Wallace High School had tears in their eyes on Wednesday and heavy hearts at the Glen Park school. Thomas Powell, a math teacher and former football coach for the Hornets, died.
INDIANAPOLIS | Three Bowman Academy Eagles fans drove 30-plus hours to get to Indianapolis on Saturday for the Class 2A state championship game against Linton-Stockton.
INDIANAPOLIS | Had someone told Antonio Pipkin that he'd only play 11 minutes in Saturday's Class 2A state championship game, he probably would've choked on his Corn Flakes.
GARY | Of the 410 schools in this year's boys basketball tournament, 406 will end their season with a loss.
SCHERERVILLE | The Peifer Elementary School second-graders listened closely as a story was told to them Tuesday morning. It was a tale that could change their life.
GARY | Antonio Pipkin was a freshman in March of 2010. His feet were firmly on one path. He didn't even know there was another road out there.
GARY | Linden Jackson heard someone ask a profound question once, and it has been his daily icon ever since.
Rich Lunsford was influenced greatly by his high school football coach, Kirk Kennedy. The 1998 Lowell grad knew what he wanted to do with his life playing for Kennedy's Red Devils.
MERRILLVILLE | Brenna Boyle had to pinch herself after Tuesday's practice at Andrean. Literally. And it wasn't because of the freezing temperatures outside that made softball practice on the frozen tundra a living hell.
Dess Fougerousse sums up his life pretty simply. The senior standout on Linton-Stockton's boys basketball team says his life isn't much different from the rest of his Miners, who will play in Saturday's Class 2A state championship game against Bowman Academy.
INDIANAPOLIS | Joey Hart had a long chat with Clint Swan on Sunday. The two old friends who played basketball together at Dugger High School spoke about this week's final chapter of Hoosier Hysteria.
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