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Hanover Central's Jesse Wilkening is hard-hitting utility man with an eye on state baseball record book

Hanover Central's Jesse Wilkening is hard-hitting utility man with an eye on state baseball record book

Doug Nelson knew what he had when he first saw Jesse Wilkening play baseball in middle school.

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Bishop Noll hands Hanover Central first baseball loss in extra innings

Bishop Noll hands Hanover Central first baseball loss in extra innings

CEDAR LAKE | Cesar Montemayor was penciled in this season as a platooning third baseman, who could eat up some middle innings on the mound if necessary.

April 22, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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New DAC rule allows baseball games to restart after suspension

ST. JOHN | When Crown Point returns to Lake Central on Thursday to play a baseball game that lasted five batters on Monday, Mitch Kooi's home run will count.

April 21, 2014 7:45 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats have opportunities for late-spring signees

WANTED: Left-handed pitching.

April 20, 2014 9:00 pm
Unlike other sports fields, baseball diamonds take on shapes all their own

Unlike other sports fields, baseball diamonds take on shapes all their own

When Highland High School started building its baseball stadium nearly 30 years ago, then-coach Dan Miller had a chance to put his mark on the field.

April 19, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Brenden Seren is L.C. baseball's calm under pressure

Brenden Seren is L.C. baseball's calm under pressure

ST. JOHN | Brenden Seren's official "zone" is somewhere between the second strike and the third.

April 17, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Morgan Park ends West Side's trip to U.S. Steel Yard early

Morgan Park ends West Side's trip to U.S. Steel Yard early

GARY | The West Side baseball team had their rotation set when they knew they had a tough week of games.

April 16, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: RailCats ready to introduce new look

Don't be surprised if the RailCats spring training roster looks a little unfamiliar.

April 13, 2014 9:00 pm

There's no strict handbook for finding the right coach

As Lowell athletic director Patti McCormack started looking for the Red Devils' third basketball coach in four years, she had a list of what she hopes to find in the best candidate.

April 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Andrean takes advantage of Hawks in baseball win

MERRILLVILLE | It took all of last season for Andrean's baseball team to muster four home runs.

April 11, 2014 8:00 pm
Hobart offense lights up Highland in NCC rout

Hobart offense lights up Highland in NCC rout

GARY | Major League scouts took over a couple rows of seats behind home plate at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Munster jumps on L.C. early in baseball win

Munster jumps on L.C. early in baseball win

ST. JOHN | Sam Bell didn't want to give the ball up.

April 08, 2014 8:50 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: Baseball pranks fool some, not all happy

A news release from the Frontier League was loaded with hints if the reader was looking in the right spots.

April 06, 2014 6:30 pm
Hobart's top prospect winds up for senior season

Hobart's top prospect winds up for senior season

HOBART | At an open gym before the start of the baseball season, Hobart pitcher Brandon Murray spotted an unmistakable sight across the gym.

April 03, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Wildcats freeze out Indians

CEDAR LAKE | The Portage and Hanover Central baseball teams couldn't have been happier to take the field and finally play ball.

April 02, 2014 5:00 pm
PRO BASEBALL: Don't be a fool, it's independent baseball

PRO BASEBALL: Don't be a fool, it's independent baseball

You should read the release first and then the explanation later. Here's the release that came from the Frontier League on March 31, announcing a "groundbreaking" rule change. (Hint, read carefully)

April 01, 2014 2:01 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Thanks for the assist

Where do we start the thank yous?

March 30, 2014 7:30 pm
Noll hires Cardinal Ritter assistant as head football coach

Noll hires Cardinal Ritter assistant as head football coach

Paul Douglass won a football state championship while he was a sophomore at Southern Wells 30 in 2001. He won a state championship as an assistant coach at Cardinal Ritter in November.

March 24, 2014 4:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: NCAA tournament brings hoops enlightenment

Tarheels, Wolverines, Blue Devils and Spartans.

March 23, 2014 9:00 pm
Lake Central grad making second tourney trip with Albany

Lake Central grad making second tourney trip with Albany

Kelly Komara knows the player's perspective of the NCAA tournament.

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Times Indiana girls basketball coach of the year: Rod Fisher, West Side

Times Indiana girls basketball coach of the year: Rod Fisher, West Side

GARY | West Side's Rod Fisher said that there have been years in his 37 seasons when he's had to work harder as a coach than he did this year.

March 20, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Lowell's Austin Richie happy to ride Broncos' magical season

Lowell's Austin Richie happy to ride Broncos' magical season

Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins was sure that Austin Richie would never be a Bronco.

March 19, 2014 5:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Baseball, softball stuck in feet of deep freeze

You've waited out the winter with the best of us. That baseball popping up and down in your hand is like a firecracker ready to pop.

March 16, 2014 7:15 pm
Morton opens girls basketball position

Morton opens girls basketball position

Morton posted an opening for a new girls basketball coach after Tom Haluska was asked to resign last week.

March 12, 2014 7:24 pm
Heath, Haluska resign girls basketball coaching positions

Heath, Haluska resign girls basketball coaching positions

Two more Northwest Indiana high school girls basketball coaches have resigned their positions this week.

March 12, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Region puts two on Junior All-Star team

Region puts two on Junior All-Star team

Victoria Gaines learned through Twitter that she'd been named to the Junior All-Star team.

March 12, 2014 1:35 pm Photos

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Bowman, Lew Wallace will meet for Clark Sectional title

Bowman, Lew Wallace will meet for Clark Sectional title

HAMMOND | Bowman Academy has speed, athleticism and quickness that can't be duplicated.

March 07, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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RailCats expand footprint of High School Challenge

GARY | For the 12th version of the RailCats McDonald's High School Challenge, the organization expanded its coverage area farther west into Illinois and south and east into Indiana.

March 06, 2014 7:07 pm

Gavit, Lew Wallace set up semifinal matchup at Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | Familiarity breeds as much comfort as it does conflict.

March 04, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Local semistate good for region, great for teams

The Crown Point High School gym seats approximately 3,800 fans in the top and bottom bowls.

March 02, 2014 6:30 pm

Oregon-Davis punches ticket to girls basketball state finals

CROWN POINT | Amidst the 47 total fouls called in Saturday's Class A North Semistate, Oregon-Davis found its rhythm.

March 01, 2014 6:30 pm
Penn beats Logansport in girls basketball semistate nail-biter

Penn beats Logansport in girls basketball semistate nail-biter

CROWN POINT | Penn practices shooting free throws with the gym's sound system pumped up past 11.

March 01, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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West Side overcomes Hammond in season finale

HAMMOND | Neither West Side nor Hammond wants to limp into the boys basketball postseason, but a sluggish first half of Friday's season finale left both coaches shaking their heads after the game. 

February 28, 2014 9:30 pm

Noll adding hockey to list of sports

After some work by former coach Rich Sobilo, Bishop Noll will add an ice hockey team to its list of programs for the 2014-15 season, bringing a sport back to the school that had been dormant since 2002.

February 25, 2014 5:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Giving girls equal time shouldn't come at price

While the IHSAA proposal to give the girls basketball teams a postseason all their own promotes Title IX advantages, the disadvantage could come at the cost of another girls sport.

February 23, 2014 9:00 pm
Penn bumps West Side girls from postseason

Penn bumps West Side girls from postseason

MISHAWAKA | West Side coach Rod Fisher said that if a team could figure out a way to slow down or stop Dana Evans, the Cougars could be beat.

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Merrillville falls, West Side advances at Penn Regional

Merrillville falls, West Side advances at Penn Regional

MISHAWAKA | While Merrillville couldn't keep the ball when it needed it, West Side used its speed-driven offense to impress.

February 22, 2014 1:37 pm Photos

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No downtime for Merrillville's AJ Downs

No downtime for Merrillville's AJ Downs

MERRILLVILLE | There's no time on the court for Merrillville's AJ Downs to take a breather.

February 21, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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West Side on a roll thanks to role players

West Side on a roll thanks to role players

GARY | The West Side girls basketball Class of 2015 was packed with talent and dominating the Cougars' offensive categories for two seasons.

February 21, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Buying local is important when it comes to dressing area teams

Buying local is important when it comes to dressing area teams

Dressing a high school team of any sport is a costly venture.

February 20, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Griffith's franchise players haven't learned the word quit

Griffith's franchise players haven't learned the word quit

GRIFFITH | Jasmine Alvarez and Amy Bubala are examples of girls basketball players that Griffith coach Tom Golumbeck has rarely seen.

February 20, 2014 7:10 pm Photos

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Amy Bubala, Jasmine Alvarez

Amy Bubala, Jasmine Alvarez

Griffith seniors Amy Bubala, left, and Jasmine Alvarez, have been with the program all four years. Both have put in extra work to earn her spot on the varsity.

February 20, 2014 10:17 am
Amy Bubala, Jasmine Alvarez

Amy Bubala, Jasmine Alvarez

Griffith seniors Amy Bubala, left, and Jasmine Alvarez, have been with the program all four years. Both have put in extra work to earn her spot on the varsity.

February 20, 2014 10:17 am
KV's improvement follows Bethany Jansma's season

KV's improvement follows Bethany Jansma's season

Kankakee Valley's Bethany Jansma turned on the switch during winter break.

February 19, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Noll freshman returns from concussion A-OK

Noll freshman returns from concussion A-OK

HAMMOND | Brittany Anderson used to bleed Whiting green.

February 18, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Brittany Anderson

Brittany Anderson

Bishop Noll freshman Brittany Anderson is a three-sport athlete and has already won two sectional championships with the Warriors, in volleyball and basketball. Her best sport, softball, hasn't even started yet.

February 18, 2014 5:20 pm
Brittany Anderson

Brittany Anderson

Bishop Noll freshman Brittany Anderson missed nearly two weeks of play after suffering a concussion against Whiting in the regular season. She returned to the court at Whiting, against Whiting in the sectional championship.

February 18, 2014 5:20 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Merrillville found its next freshman phenom

HILLARY SMITH: Merrillville found its next freshman phenom

HOBART | As soon as Jasmine Wright was fouled with 20.5 seconds remaining in Saturday's sectional championship game, her Merrillville teammates swarmed and hugged her.

February 16, 2014 9:00 pm
Merrillville wins back-to-back sectional titles with victory over LaPorte

Merrillville wins back-to-back sectional titles with victory over LaPorte

HOBART | For more than four minutes in the first quarter, Merrillville reminded LaPorte that it was the defending sectional champion.

February 15, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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Cougars top L.C.; Red Devils win with last-second free throw

Cougars top L.C.; Red Devils win with last-second free throw

LOWELL | With two minutes left in Friday's Lowell Sectional semifinal, West Side junior Tinon Hunter stole the ball, ripping it from the hands of Lake Central's Lindsay Kusbel and scored.

February 14, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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