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HILLARY SMITH: Don't get cliche about NFL

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.

September 28, 2014 7:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Youth helping youth at Kouts

HILLARY SMITH: Youth helping youth at Kouts

When Megan Gauler and Olivia Birky first started the Bo Foundation, it was an idea between two Kouts best friends who also played volleyball.

September 21, 2014 5:00 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Game set to resurface glory days

HILLARY SMITH: Game set to resurface glory days

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.

September 14, 2014 5:30 pm
Ethan Young, Whiting football

Ethan Young, Whiting football

September 12, 2014 11:44 pm
Ethan Young, Whiting football

Ethan Young, Whiting football

Whiting senior Ethan Young talks about his 4 touchdowns against Wheeler.

September 12, 2014 11:42 pm
HILLARY SMITH: RailCats business succeeded in 2014

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats business succeeded in 2014

GARY | In the business sense, the RailCats improved during the 2014 season in areas the franchise had fallen short in 2013.

September 07, 2014 5:30 pm
Volleyball

Volleyball

Volleyball stock

September 04, 2014 9:28 pm
CP defensive specialists

CP defensive specialists

Crown Point seniors Taylor Sabato, left, Caitlyn Alwine and Jordyn Banske anchor a defense that holds experience and leadership.

August 31, 2014 9:11 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats miscues are in good company

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.

August 31, 2014 8:30 pm
Brandon Scott, Lake Central football

Brandon Scott, Lake Central football

Lake Central's Brandon Scott talks about his team's win over East Chicago Central.

August 29, 2014 11:45 pm
HILLARY SMITH: RailCats wagering future for present gains

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats wagering future for present gains

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.

August 24, 2014 8:30 pm
Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua

Crown Point quarterback Artie Equihua

August 23, 2014 12:22 am
Crown Point QB Artie Equihua

Crown Point QB Artie Equihua

Crown Point QB Artie Equihua talks about his team's win over Lowell.

August 22, 2014 11:41 pm
HILLARY SMITH: CP's 'Koz' gone too soon

HILLARY SMITH: CP's 'Koz' gone too soon

Mike Kozlowski could hit the cover off of a baseball almost as easy as he could blink.

August 17, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: No cause for concern, yet

The panic button at U.S. Steel Yard is still under lock and key. For now.

August 10, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Crusaders put year's tuition on line for biggest fan

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.

August 03, 2014 8:30 pm
HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need to return to plate patience

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need to return to plate patience

GARY | Longtime RailCats fans could count on two things at U.S. Steel Yard: a foul ball and a long game.

July 27, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

Photos

HILLARY SMITH: Who's next in best of the 'Cats?

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?

July 20, 2014 8:30 pm
HILLARY SMITH: Jordan Minch was meant to be a Cub

HILLARY SMITH: Jordan Minch was meant to be a Cub

SCHERERVILLE | Dawn Minch remembers her son, Jordan, looking for Cubs scores in the paper before he could even read.

July 13, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Grading the RailCats at midseason

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.

July 06, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Mind your 'minors'

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.

June 29, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Reflecting on the baseball season that was

Thanks to Andrean, the one-year hiatus of the region's appearance at Victory Field in Indianapolis has been eliminated. 

June 22, 2014 8:30 pm
Andrean Class 3A state championship

Andrean Class 3A state championship

Andrean's baseball team celebrates its Class 3A state championship with the trophy on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

June 22, 2014 1:18 pm
Podkuls honor their dad's memory with state baseball title

Podkuls honor their dad's memory with state baseball title

INDIANAPOLIS | The images were palpable, the softball state championship ring around Frank Podkul's neck and the word 'Dad' printed in marker on the tape on Nick Podkul's wrists.

June 21, 2014 9:00 pm Video Photos

Photos

HILLARY SMITH: Never too old to stop learning

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.

June 15, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Undrafted? No worries, say RailCats

Greg Tagert's specialty as a scout for the Detroit Tigers was to watch for potential in college seniors.

June 08, 2014 8:30 pm
HILLARY SMITH: L.C. grad finds a new way to teach catchers

HILLARY SMITH: L.C. grad finds a new way to teach catchers

Frank Ruvoli was home on spring break from Wabash College, injured and away from the sport he loved: baseball.

June 01, 2014 8:30 pm Related

Related

HILLARY SMITH: Bank on these winners for the region's chance at Victory Field

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.

May 25, 2014 8:30 pm

IHSAA sets baseball postseason field

The IHSAA has added a second regional site in Lake County and thanks to lights on the baseball field, Griffith has the honors to play host.

May 20, 2014 9:00 pm
James Parr, RHP

James Parr, RHP

James Parr, RHPFavorite MLB team: Seattle Mariners, when I was youngHow I spent my offseason: Rehabbing my arm and spending time with my wife and dog.What do you like to eat most that can't be found on the training table?: Greens, and I love Greek yogurt.If you had a blank check, what vehicl…

May 14, 2014 4:02 pm
Jack Wagoner, RHP

Jack Wagoner, RHP

Jack Wagoner, RHPFavorite MLB team: N.Y. YankeesHow I spent my offseason: Fishing and working at a marina.What do you like to eat most that can't be found on the training table?: Dairy Queen Blizzard.If you had a blank check, what vehicle would you buy, why?: A Ferrari F40, because it's a $1…

May 14, 2014 4:02 pm
Justin Gominsky, OF

Justin Gominsky, OF

Justin Gominsky, OFFavorite MLB team: Minnesota TwinsHow I spent my offseason: Coaching a 15-year-old travel team.What do you like to eat most that can't be found on the training table?: Anything my mom makes.If you had a blank check, what vehicle would you buy?: Ford F150, four-by-four. I n…

May 14, 2014 4:02 pm
Miles Walding, INF

Miles Walding, INF

Miles Walding, INFFavorite MLB team: Atlanta BravesHow I spent my offseason: I worked at an electrical engineering company building panels.What do you like to eat most that can't be found on the training table?: Pepperoni and pineapple pizza.If you had a blank check, what vehicle would you b…

May 14, 2014 4:02 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Field finesse only one part of evaluation

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.

May 11, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Hard work at spring training not just for players

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.

May 04, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't miss what the past has to offer

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.

April 27, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats have opportunities for late-spring signees

WANTED: Left-handed pitching.

April 20, 2014 9:00 pm

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
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

Photos

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
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
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

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
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