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After a 2013 volleyball postseason that saw the region's first state finals team in the new era of playoffs, the biggest questions for 2014 are: Can another team reach Muncie? If so, who?
Remember when the NHL went to a shootout format after overtime in the regular season instead of simply playing to a tie?
With my Detroit Tigers losing in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's American League Division Series against Baltimore, I wondered what would be worse at that moment: watching my team implode or knowing I didn't have a horse in the race?
Anyone who breathes the excuse that an athlete of any stature who plays a hard-hitting game can be given a pass for off-field actions because of the violent nature of his sport should be sent to a room and made to listen to nothing but sports cliches for a full month.
When Megan Gauler and Olivia Birky first started the Bo Foundation, it was an idea between two Kouts best friends who also played volleyball.
When the body turns 30 and it's harder to roll out of bed in the morning, and it takes longer to stretch out the muscle kinks, the reminder of bouncing back as an 18-year-old is lived in tales.
GARY | In the business sense, the RailCats improved during the 2014 season in areas the franchise had fallen short in 2013.
If there's an indication of the parity of the American Association, here it is: not since 2010 has the team that won the league championship the year before appeared in the postseason.
GARY | If there's any wonder that the RailCats are all in to keep that American Association Championship trophy in Gary, this weekend's trade deadline moves spoke volumes.
Mike Kozlowski could hit the cover off of a baseball almost as easy as he could blink.
The panic button at U.S. Steel Yard is still under lock and key. For now.
When the Valparaiso marketing department first thought to create a scholarship for its biggest fan, the search began to see if it had ever been done before.
GARY | Longtime RailCats fans could count on two things at U.S. Steel Yard: a foul ball and a long game.
GARY | With Willie Glen's number secured in the outfield at U.S. Steel Yard earlier this month, the next question quickly becomes: who's next?
SCHERERVILLE | Dawn Minch remembers her son, Jordan, looking for Cubs scores in the paper before he could even read.
GARY | The RailCats hit the (almost) midway point of their season with a solid hold on the top of the American Association's Central Division standings and winning record.
In the trial of Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA, an antitrust lawsuit brought by a former UCLA basketball player, NCAA president Mark Emmert was called to testify.
Thanks to Andrean, the one-year hiatus of the region's appearance at Victory Field in Indianapolis has been eliminated.
PLYMOUTH | After losing in the semistate final to Noblesville, the Lake Central baseball team took a few minutes on the field to talk to each other.
Greg Tagert's specialty as a scout for the Detroit Tigers was to watch for potential in college seniors.
Frank Ruvoli was home on spring break from Wabash College, injured and away from the sport he loved: baseball.
As the region's high school baseball coaches were frantically trying to make up games, reschedule rainouts (and snowouts) and even find new opponents, the reason was simple: right now.
When RailCats manager Greg Tagert is watching what his players are doing on the field, he's acutely aware of how they're meshing in spring training clubhouse.
GARY | Greg Tagert's sons joke with him about how easy it has been to open spring training with the RailCats the last few years.
In case you missed it while basking in the sunshine of a spring weekend, the region was well-represented at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend.
WANTED: Left-handed pitching.
Don't be surprised if the RailCats spring training roster looks a little unfamiliar.
A news release from the Frontier League was loaded with hints if the reader was looking in the right spots.
Where do we start the thank yous?
Tarheels, Wolverines, Blue Devils and Spartans.
The Crown Point High School gym seats approximately 3,800 fans in the top and bottom bowls.
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.
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.
Before a game last week, a referee approached Lake Station girls basketball coach Kristy Hite-Balboa.
Some girls basketball teams prefer to ease their way into the postseason.
They typical start time for the IHSAA girls basketball sectional draw is 6 p.m. or 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.
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.
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.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: sports writers aren't perfect.
As regionites sit down to assess their 2014 goals and hopes, many create a list of New Year's resolutions.
Pete Laven's new office in Gary is bigger than the old one.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the start of the boys basketball season.
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.
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.
MUNCIE | The Bishop Noll girls volleyball team had no intention of taking the pressure of the region with it when the season started.
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.
Bishop Noll volleyball coach Dave Rodriguez brought several bags of hidden food to practice at the beginning of the season.
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