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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 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.
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.
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…
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.
Amanda (Wendlinger) Suarez has left North Newton as the Spartans head softball coach and is returning to her alma mater, Hanover Central, where she pitched the Wildcats to the 2004 Class 2A state championship.
Karan Bonner, the site manager of the Valparaiso HealthLinc, talks about the history behind HealthLinc and what it has to offer during an open house earlier this summer at its Valparaiso facility.
A pirate statue crafted for the Merrillville High School Class of 1941's 30 year reunion sits on a table at the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society museum.
Hebron's Kyle Joyce celebrates after scoring in the top of the ninth inning of the Class 2A semistate last year in South Bend. Joyce is only the second Hawk ever to be named to the North All-Star team.
Portage head coach Lisa Hayes celebrates after knocking off Huntington North 2-1 in nine innings in the finals of the Harrison Semistate.
Portage head coach Lisa Hayes gets bombarded with hugs from her teammates after they won the Class 4A state championship on Saturday night, defeating Franklin Central 2-0.
Portage pitcher Kiley Jones wants to forget about state championship the Indians won last season and focus on this year's playoffs. “Last year is done and over with. Every team has a chance right now," she said.
Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways pitched the Wildcats to the Class 3A semistate last year, a game they lost by a run. She says the loss has given her motivation to advance farther this season.
Despite being slowed all season by a partial hamstring tear, Jeron Blake, left, became Portage's first athlete to qualify for state in four events, advancing in the 100, 200, 400 relay and 1,600 relay.
John D. Wolf, of Valparaiso, is a retired minister and decorated World War II Navy combat veteran.
Valparaiso's Andrew Gariup carded a 74 at Friday's Lafayette Jeff Regional.
Megan Tymorek jumps into her teammates at home plate last year after hitting a home run against Lake Central in the Class 4A regional. The state tournament draw was released on Thursday and Chesterton will open against Crown Point in the sectional.
Miranda Elish has chosen to stop playing basketball for Crown Point. The incoming sophomore wants to focus on softball, where she went 17-1 as a freshman for the Bulldogs this spring.
K.V. third baseman Alyssa Matson makes the throw against Andrean last season. The senior three-year starter at third is also the Kougars' leadoff hitter. She will walk-on at IUPUI next school year.
Crown Point's Siena Gyure throws a pitch during last year's high school season. Monday was the first day of softball practice and Gyure and her teammates were pleased to have Ginger Britton as their new coach, after a very tough season last year.
Kouts residents welcome home Scott Herma, a Marine and graduate of Kouts High School, with flags and a banner in the middle of Main Street in Kouts last year.
Joanne DeFries talks to her Hebron Elementary School third-grade class and gets them involved with solving a math problem.
The Kouts High School marching band performs last summer at the annual Pork Fest Parade in Kouts.
Dr. Michael Nemeth cuts a ribbon in April to officially open the new Shoreline Surgery Center at Portage Hospital.
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