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A new playground set was one of the things Hobart added to Lakefront Park to help improve the area for children and families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tossed a complete-game shutout in the Class 4A state championship win over Franklin Central.
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.
Spencer Sheets, a senior at Hebron High School, loads up the local food pantry's freezer full of pork last August.
Visitors to the annual Kouts Pork Fest swarm Main Street in downtown Kouts last August. Kouts is working to bolster the town's downtown image.
The Pork Fest mascot waves to the children last August during the annual Pork Fest parade in Kouts.
Residents line up along Main Street in downtown Lowell to watch the annual Labor Day Kid Parade.
Trisha Devenport, of Winfield, stops by one of the vendors at the farmers market at Town Hall last summer to pick up some fresh produce.
Kankakee Valley's Bethany Jansma's offense improved this season as her confidence grew. She's averaging 15.4 points, including 21 against Knox and 19 against Andrean in the postseason.
Hebron's Spencer Sheets drives past Kouts' Cody Nelson in a PCC game early this season. Sheets is one of the few experienced holdovers from the Hawks' Class 2A sectional champion team of last season
The Nina and Pinta, replicas of two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed, docked in Michigan City as part of their worldwide tour.
Chesterton's Matt Holba rebounds a missed shot in a game earlier this season against Merrillville. The 6-foot-6 sophomore leads the Trojans in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocked shots and minutes played.
Jake Raspopovich drives against the Michigan City defense in last year's Michigan City Sectional championship.
Chesterton’s Bridget Brendza goes flying after getting hip checked by Merrillville's keeper Alysaa Bailey in a game earlier in the season. Brendza had a hat trick and assist in the win for the Trojans (10-4-1).
Members of the Valparaiso graduatiing class of 2012 clap as they listen to speakers during the June graduation.
RailCats third baseman Brian Kolb said that he and his teammates have joked that he was probably the only clean-up hitter in the American Association with more steals than home runs. Against Wichita catcher Kevin Whitehead in June, Kolb slides into home, beating the throw.
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