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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

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

HILLARY SMITH: Thanks for the assist

Where do we start the thank yous?

March 30, 2014 7:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: NCAA tournament brings hoops enlightenment

Tarheels, Wolverines, Blue Devils and Spartans.

March 23, 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

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
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

HILLARY SMITH: Eagles ready for next season surprise

Before a game last week, a referee approached Lake Station girls basketball coach Kristy Hite-Balboa.

February 09, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Thank Mother Nature as the playbook is thrown out the window

Some girls basketball teams prefer to ease their way into the postseason.

February 02, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Super Sunday packs in girls draw

They typical start time for the IHSAA girls basketball sectional draw is 6 p.m. or 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

January 26, 2014 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Trojans lean on each other

Before the Highland and Hobart girls basketball game started on Jan. 10, warm-up was halted and the two teams were ushered off the court.

January 19, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Pioneers answer the call for help

With senior citizens stuck indoors and feet of snow covering their sidewalks, the Clark football team collected as many shovels as necessary and started working.

January 12, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: A peek behind the Top 10 curtain

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: sports writers aren't perfect.

January 05, 2014 6:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Creating a list of region's 2014 sports resolutions

As regionites sit down to assess their 2014 goals and hopes, many create a list of New Year's resolutions.

December 29, 2013 9:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: RailCats GM takes 'interim' off, for now

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats GM takes 'interim' off, for now

Pete Laven's new office in Gary is bigger than the old one.

December 22, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Blame to spread when melee erupts

For the first time in 18 years of covering sports, I was required to write about an on-court scrum at a girls basketball game.

December 15, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't fear the training table

Multiple conversations with high school, college and pro sports certified athletic trainers over the last three weeks has come up with one revelation: no one likes the doctor.

December 08, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Can-Am addition to American Association brings depth

While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there was no holiday off day in Canada. So, it seemed a perfect time for the Can-Am League to announce that it had joined its forces with the American Association for a super independent baseball league.

December 01, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: New boys hoops season, new traditions

Welcome to the start of the boys basketball season.

November 24, 2013 7:15 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Magic of semistate takes Mason and Company to dome

HILLARY SMITH: Magic of semistate takes Mason and Company to dome

MERRILLVILLE | By the time Phil Mason was dumped with ice water with 15 seconds remaining in a 52-7 Class 3A North Semistate win on Friday, the Andrean football coach wasn't even thinking that could be an option.

November 22, 2013 10:00 pm Video Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: Make college football a workplace to stop the harassment

Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin spent the bulk of Friday in New York, speaking to an NFL special counsel assigned to investigate Martin's claims of racism, bullying and overall harassment at the hands of his teammates and specifically Richie Incognito.

November 17, 2013 7:30 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Noll hopes it has found recipe for region's success

HILLARY SMITH: Noll hopes it has found recipe for region's success

MUNCIE | The Bishop Noll girls volleyball team had no intention of taking the pressure of the region with it when the season started.

November 10, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: Mustangs welcome the new Class 5A potential

HILLARY SMITH: Mustangs welcome the new Class 5A potential

MUNSTER | If there was any year for the IHSAA and football coaches to recommend a sixth class in the football postseason, this was it and Munster couldn't have been happier. 

November 08, 2013 9:45 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: Bishop Noll volleyball deserves a cookie for season success

Bishop Noll volleyball coach Dave Rodriguez brought several bags of hidden food to practice at the beginning of the season.

November 03, 2013 6:15 pm

HILLARY SMITH: End of the line on handshakes? No dice

In the span of a quick few days last week, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association went from commandment to criticism to control on an issue of sportsmanship.

October 13, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: A-Rod didn't sit silent long enough

After saying little in his return to baseball, Alex Rodriguez is showing why.

October 06, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Pink is a fall volleyball color

From college to club, from high school to elementary players, volleyball has embraced October.

September 29, 2013 7:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Rebuilding the RailCats begins

The RailCats celebrated their American Association Championship for six days before the 2014 season began.

September 22, 2013 5:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Tagert slays the beast on his back

HILLARY SMITH: Tagert slays the beast on his back

WICHITA, Kan. | Call him Ishmael.

September 15, 2013 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't be surprised by subdued RailCats

In years past, the RailCats have celebrated postseason milestones with the ferocity of a championship.

September 08, 2013 9:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Krout welcomed back where they need him

HILLARY SMITH: Krout welcomed back where they need him

GARY | Releasing Will Krout on July 21 was one of the hardest decisions RailCats manager Greg Tagert made this season.

September 01, 2013 7:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: The end was picked in the beginning

After two years sitting on the bench for the playoffs, the RailCats goal from Day One of the season has been singular: reach the postseason.

August 25, 2013 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need offense for postseason reality

GARY | As the RailCats' push for the postseason hits overdrive, their bats are sitting idle.

August 18, 2013 8:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need Gary as much as city needs team

Even city of Gary leaders that opposed the then-proposed baseball team 12 years ago see the value that the RailCats bring to the city.

August 11, 2013 7:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Spacious U.S. Steel Yard claims more victims

HILLARY SMITH: Spacious U.S. Steel Yard claims more victims

GARY | The RailCats actually measured the distance to the furthest point at U.S. Steel Yard.

August 04, 2013 8:15 pm

HILLARY SMITH: New century of problems demands new consequences

In the 20th Century, players were banned from baseball for gambling.

July 28, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Longevity proves fruitful for college chances

Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur is a Cubs fan, so for him to be seen in a skybox at a White Sox game was already a feat unto itself.

July 21, 2013 8:15 pm
HILLARY SMITH: RailCats don't hesitate to shake up to add power

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats don't hesitate to shake up to add power

Last season, when the RailCats spent the bulk of the year below the .500 mark, changes were made in ebbs and flows.

July 14, 2013 7:05 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need to tack with winds of change

A mere week ago the RailCats were basking in the glory of 10 wins in 11 days.

July 07, 2013 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats survive franchise-long home stand

GARY | Before the start of the franchise-record 11-game home stand, RailCats manager Greg Tagert said his fandom for the lengthy stretch could change depending on his team's record.

June 30, 2013 7:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Highland baseball found its legend in training with Bogner

John Bogner isn't taking his first head coaching position lightly.

June 23, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: League practices should put games first

GARY | At some point, between watching the radar Wednesday and listening to the serenade from the trumpet of the national anthem performer, the American Association/Can-Am League called the final game of the RailCats vs. Quebec series.

June 16, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Remembering the prep baseball season that was

The region's high school baseball season ended a week ago today, well ahead of schedule.

June 09, 2013 8:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Spring sports need directive to contain rain catastrophes

If there's a single prevailing theme through high school sports this spring it has been the weather.

June 02, 2013 3:15 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Fantasy baseball is fantastic in reality

This is an actual email that appeared in my inbox this week: "Granderson is on the 15-day DL with a broken finger. I put Dayan in for DeAza … he's hitting .341."

May 26, 2013 8:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: The RailCats need silliness like the Saints

On Saturday, the RailCats participated in an exhibition game that drew more national attention than any other before the start of the American Association season begins.

May 12, 2013 8:15 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Gavit finds cause for day of athletic dollars

HILLARY SMITH: Gavit finds cause for day of athletic dollars

HAMMOND | In an age of shrinking athletic budgets with every dollar being stretched to the limit, Gavit is doing something wild with Tuesday's sports revenue: the Gladiators are giving it away.

May 05, 2013 8:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Crown Point catcher's family learns of perseverance

HILLARY SMITH: Crown Point catcher's family learns of perseverance

CROWN POINT | Bobby Morgan told his mother, Kathy, that he'd be honored on the baseball field before the Lake Central game on April 9 for selecting a college.

April 28, 2013 8:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Movie allows conversation to continue

The first movie about Jackie Robinson, aptly titled "The Jackie Robinson Story," was released in 1950 and didn't tell the whole story.

April 14, 2013 6:45 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Purdue's Minch is confident, not cocky

WEST LAFAYETTE | A mere eight months after Purdue baseball won its first Big Ten title in 93 years and hosted an NCAA Regional, the graduation toll on the Boilermakers has started to show.

April 07, 2013 9:30 pm
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