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Andrean quarterback Jake Paliga helped lead the 59ers to a 9-0 record in his first year under center. Now, the 59ers look to become the first team from the area to be back-to-back undefeated state champs. Sectionals begin Friday.
Kankakee Valley's Darrick Webster (8) jumps into the air and with teammate Johnny Williams after a touchdown against Andrean in the regular season. The Kougars went together to watch the film, "When the Game Stands Tall" and say they they learned a lot about life and football in the experience.
How good are the Kougars with a K? We'll find out Friday night. Five straight wins over some solid teams is good. Andrean isn't solid; the 59ers are black-hole good. It'll take a complete team effort to snap a five-game series losing streak.
Only 57 last week? The Bombers are slipping. Late-game, red-zone kneel down broke the streak of 60 points in a game at four. More importantly, 3A No. 5 West Lafayette is on tap for a big Hoosier Conference clash.
Lake Central's keeper Lindsay Kusbel, left, dives to block a shot against Valparaiso in the regular season. The two teams meet again tonight in the Class 2A Valparaiso Regional semifinals.
Kankakee Valley's Johnny Williams sacks Griffith's Troy Cullen during a game Sept. 19. The Kougars have won five in a row since a loss to Class 2A No. 2 Rensselaer and host Class 3A No. 1 Andrean on Friday.
Kankakee Valley quarterback Darrick Webster runs the ball during the Kougars' game with Griffith on Sept. 19. K.V. has won five in a row since an opening loss to Class 2A No. 2 Rensselaer and will host Class 3A No. 1 Andrean on Friday.
Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua eludes the rush of Lowell's Adam Felder in their Aug. 22 opener.
Morton quarterback Tevin Armstrong breaks loose on a 35-yard touchdown run against Lowell last Friday. The Govs are 21st in the state with a 46-point scoring average. Coach Roy Richards said he's never had a team come close to scoring 92 points in the first two weeks of the season.
Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua finds an open gap in the Lowell defense on his way to an 86-yard run. The Bulldogs junior has over 200 yards rushing and passing in two games.
Quarterback Artie Equihua shouts to teammates during Crown Point's game against Lowell.
Lake Central's Dave Milausnic led his Indians to the Class 4A state championship game last March. Milausnic will be a speaker at the Wheeler Basketball Clinic on Saturday, where several national motivational speakers will talk about life as well as hoops.
Lake Central's Tyler Wideman is The Times Player of the Year in boys basketball. He was injured in the first half of the Class 4A title game against Indianapolis Tech but returned to score 19 points.
Bowman Academy's Justin King goes up for a block on Greensburg's Sean Seller's in the Class 3A state championship game. King played in three straight state championship games but was not selected for the Indiana All-Star team.
Marian Catholic's first baseman Michael Bainbridge dives for a pop-up bunt while teammate Joshua Peick gets ready to back him during a 2013 game. The Spartans are heading to Arizona for a week.
A new playground set was one of the things Hobart added to Lakefront Park to help improve the area for children and families.
Hannah Kukurugya celebrates after winning the 500-yard free at the IHSAA state championships in February. The sophomore just completed a remarkable two weeks at the U.S. Junior National Championships and at the U.S. national championships.
Jeff Sherman has made Lake Central into one of the state's top softball programs at a school where girls sports have always been very good. But a Civil Rights grievance was filed because, in part, L.C. has a freshman baseball team and does not offer freshman softball.
From sledding and hiking to cross-country skiing, outdoor activities abound at Lake County Parks.
Lew Wallace's Branden Dawson throws down a thunderous dunk in the 2010 Gary Holiday Tournament, which started in 1950. This December was the first time the event was not held and few seem to know why. Roosevelt hosted a "Winter Classic" last week, but it was poorly run and the games were horrible.
Portage pitcher Kiley Jones jumps while teammate Stephanie Upton runs to celebrate with her after the Indians won the Class 4A state title.
Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky won the IHSAA state girls golf title. Pictured with her father, Doug, Harley also received the Mental Attitude Award.
Andrean's Parker Huttel pulls up for a jumper over Bowman Academy's Justin King on Dec. 7. Bowman won the game, 92-52. The two teams will battle on Saturday in the Class 3A Kankakee Valley Regional semifinal.
Rensselaer's Rylan Arihood cuts through Tipton's defense on a kickoff in last November's Class 2A semistate game. Tonight, the second-ranked Bombers host No. 3 Lafayette Central Catholic in a huge Hoosier Conference game. The Knights are 22-0 since joining the league.
Rensselaer's Dalton Souders sacks Bremen's Kai Slough last season. He finished his junior season with 6.5 sacks.
Crown Point soccer players celebrate after an overtime goal helps them win the Class 2A state championship.
LaPorte's Elena Lancioni placed third at the state cross country championship Nov. 2.
Crown Point's Carmelo Morales heads in the winning goal for the Bulldogs during last Saturday's 2-1 Class 2A Warsaw Semistate championship win against Fort Wayne Canterbury.
Wheeler's Joel O'Shea runs toward the finish line at last year's New Prairie Semistate. O'Shea finished 23rd, narrowly missing a spot at state.
Andrean's Daniel Adair rushes to beat Hanover Central's Hunter Buchanan to the ball during the Class A Covenant Christian Sectional.
Andrean's Daniel Adair tries to head the ball to teammate Danny Kim, right, against Hanover Central at the Class A Covenant Christian Sectional.
Chesterton's Josie Tolin, front, and Kassidy Scott make their way over Baltes Bridge at last year's New Prairie Regional. The bridge, named for former Cougars runner Joey Baltes, is one of the many distinctive features of the course that are named for people associated with the program.
Valparaiso's Kevin Mangel stays just a couple steps ahead of Kankakee Valley's Bryce Gawronski at last year's New Prairie Regional.
Running through the woods is one of many elements of cross country that are featured at New Prairie. Respective portions of the woods are named for former Cougars coach Blaine Gamble and former runners Jeff and Greg Thompson.
Children try their hand at panning for gold at last year's Buckley Homestead Fall Festival in Lowell. This year's event is Oct. 11-12.
Chesterton's Grace Davis watches her tee shot during last season's IHSAA state finals. Davis has improved for her junior year, spending four to five hours a day on the course in the offseason.
Valparaiso's Brooke Fullenkamp tries for a chip shot onto the green of the seventh hole at last season's IHSAA state championship.
Lake Central's Gelen Robinson gets ready to drill Chesterton's Avery Beeks during the regular season. The two-time Times Defensive Player of the Year signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Purdue next season.
Lake Central's Gelen Robinson gets ready to drill Chesterton's Avery Beeks during the football season, where the Indians won their first sectional championship since 1999. Robinson went on to win the 220-pounf state championship in wrestling and the state discus championship in track and field.
Chesterton's Avery Beeks looks to find a crease in the Lake Central defense in a game last season. He did not return in the second half due to shortness of breath and did not play the remainder of the season while awaiting the completion of heart tests. He turned out to be OK and is back for…
Chesterton's Avery Beeks tries to jump over Lake Central's Logan Lambert during a game last season. He did not return in the second half due to shortness of breath and did not play the remainder of the season while awaiting the completion of heart tests. He turned out to be OK and is back fo…
Gelen Robinson, like Andrean's Josh Barajas, was a big-time college recruit in football. Now in his freshman year at Purdue, Robinson, in part, understands the pressures that Barajas is now facing as national media outlets swarm in for reports for their audience. It is taxing but Robinson sa…
North Newton's Schyuler Gargano hands off to Jeremy Jones during the 2012 football season against Whiting. The Spartans have had a great run in the Greater South Shore Conference, but the school will have some new opportunities in the coming months.
Thornton Fractional's Ray Kobus, front, battles for the ball ball against Shepard's Corry Williams in a game this season. Kobus is one of his team's leaders.
Lake Central's Kylie Shoemake committed to Valparaiso University.
Boone Grove's Nick Azevedo, right, set the program's single-season record for assists with 20 last year.
Chesterton's Cara Kroeger tees off on the No. 10 hole earlier this season at the Kankakee Valley Invite at Sandy Pines Golf Course.
LaPorte's Delanie Alcorn is not only one of the Duneland Athletic Conference's best golfers, she is also ranked No. 1 in her class academically.
Portage quarterback Gage Pearman and the Indians will host top-ranked Penn in a Class 6A Sectional 2 opener Oct. 25. Portage lost at Penn 32-0 in week two.
Portage coach Wally McCormack said his team is looking forward to the opportunity to host Class 6A No. 1 Penn in the sectional opener Oct. 25.
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