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JIM PETERS: Football teams on byes tweak practice schedules

We all have our routines, our systematic way of doing things.

October 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Scouting area prep football games -- Week 10

Scouting area prep football games -- Week 10

Class 6A

October 23, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Valpo's Crossin thriving at IMG Academy

JIM PETERS: Valpo's Crossin thriving at IMG Academy

Around Thanksgiving last year, when Brad Crossin received an email about his son Brody from IMG Academy defensive coordinator Joe Sturdivant, the private school in Bradenton, Fla., had just finished its first season of prep football.

October 22, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Breast cancer awareness is personal to Valpo girls cross country team

JIM PETERS: Breast cancer awareness is personal to Valpo girls cross country team

Less than a decade ago, Ann Nellessen was diagnosed with breast cancer.

October 16, 2014 6:45 pm
Scouting area prep football games -- Week 9

Scouting area prep football games -- Week 9

Benton Central (1-7, 0-5 HC) at Rensselaer (8-0, 5-0)

October 16, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Valparaiso girls cross country

Valparaiso girls cross country

Today's New Prairie Regional will be the Valparaiso girls cross country team's breast cancer awareness meet. The cause is personal to Vikings coach Boomer Nellessen and runner Natalie Gruzka. Nellessen's mom Ann, left, and Gruszka's mom Dee are both breast cancer survivors.

October 15, 2014 9:56 pm
Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse cross country

Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse cross country

LaCrosse freshman Justene Charlesworth became her school's first sectional champion in cross country when she took the title at the Rensselaer Sectional last Saturday.

October 13, 2014 6:55 pm
Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse cross country

Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse cross country

LaCrosse freshman Justene Charlesworth won the Rensselaer Sectional last Saturday, becoming her school's first cross country runner to accomplish the feat.

October 13, 2014 6:53 pm
Parker Nuest, Joe MacNeill, Scott Crawley, Hebron cross country

Parker Nuest, Joe MacNeill, Scott Crawley, Hebron cross country

Sophomores Parker Nuest, left, Joe MacNeill and Scott Crawley are Hebron's top three runners, leading the Hawks to an unbeaten season in the Porter County Conference.

October 10, 2014 3:04 pm
Parker Nuest, Scott Crawley Joe MacNeill, Hebron cross country

Parker Nuest, Scott Crawley Joe MacNeill, Hebron cross country

Hebron sophomores Parker Nuest, left, Scott Crawley and Joe MacNeill jog at the high school Thursday. The trio led the Hawks to the Porter County Conference round-roboin and championship titles.

October 10, 2014 2:59 pm

JIM PETERS: During difficult season, Valpo still winning off the field

With one win in seven games, there hasn't been very much to smile about on the football field this season at Valparaiso.

October 09, 2014 6:45 pm
JIM PETERS: James has 'best seat in the house' with the Colts

JIM PETERS: James has 'best seat in the house' with the Colts

You've probably seen Kyle James on the sidelines while watching a Colts game.

October 09, 2014 5:15 pm
Scouting area prep football games -- Week 8

Scouting area prep football games -- Week 8

S.B. Washington (2-5) at West Side (0-7)

October 09, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: When it's Lake Station-River Forest, nothing else matters

For Rich Lunsford, River Forest week started last Saturday morning.

October 02, 2014 7:15 pm
Scouting area prep football games -- Week 7

Scouting area prep football games -- Week 7

Andrean (6-0, 3-0 NCC) at Kankakee Valley (5-1, 3-0)

October 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Rachel Metzger, Wheeler cross country

Rachel Metzger, Wheeler cross country

Wheeler's Rachel Metzger stands near the "tree of life" on the high school cross country course, where runners throw their shoes after the Bearcats win the Greater South Shore Conference. The junior is in her first year of the sport, yet is Wheeler's top runner.

September 30, 2014 9:33 pm
Rachel Metzger, Wheeler cross country

Rachel Metzger, Wheeler cross country

When Wheeler wiins the Greater South Shore Conference, runners throw their shoes onto the "tree of life", located on the high school course. Junior Rachel Metzger hopes to continue the tradition Saturday when the first-year runner leads the Bearcats into the conference meet.

September 30, 2014 9:37 pm
Times beat writers hand out the midseason report card

Times beat writers hand out the midseason report card

Times sports writers Steve Hanlon and Jim Peters have been covering prep football for 40-plus years combined, mostly in Northwest Indiana. This knowledge isn't much different than that of high school teachers or college professors, although the pay is a smidgeon lower.

September 25, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Scouting area prep football games -- Week 6

Scouting area prep football games -- Week 6

West Side (0-5) at Fort Wayne Northrop (1-4)

September 25, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Portage runner Marsh finally reaping his reward

JIM PETERS: Portage runner Marsh finally reaping his reward

For every single one of the thousand-plus runners at the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, there was a story of how he or she got to where each is in a high school career.

September 24, 2014 6:15 pm
JIM PETERS: Strong bond, strong start at Calumet

JIM PETERS: Strong bond, strong start at Calumet

Last month, after Calumet's season-opening win over Gavit, some students approached Warriors coach Ivan Zimmer at school about joining the team.

September 18, 2014 5:15 pm
Scouting area prep football games

Scouting area prep football games

Bowman Academy (0-4) at Woodlan (3-1)

September 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Lowell draws strength from football in time of tragedy

JIM PETERS: Lowell draws strength from football in time of tragedy

"Friday night football is a religion here in Lowell."

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: 13 years later, the sports world still remembers

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing?

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: One door closes, another one opens for Boone Grove's Morris

JIM PETERS: One door closes, another one opens for Boone Grove's Morris

Boone Grove was going through its paces Wednesday, preparing for its Greater South Shore Conference debut with Whiting on Saturday.

September 04, 2014 7:15 pm
Scouting area prep football games

Scouting area prep football games

Bishop Noll (0-2) at Wheeler (2-0)

September 04, 2014 6:30 pm
Kailee Schoof, LaPorte cross country

Kailee Schoof, LaPorte cross country

Kailee Schoof of LaPorte reaches the finish line first at Tuesday's Jack Bransford Classic at Kesling Park. The Slicers' junior will be one of the top runners in the area this season.

August 28, 2014 10:04 pm
Scouting area prep football games

Scouting area prep football games

Crown Point (1-0) at Mishawaka (1-0)

August 28, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: There's a sense of renewal at LaPorte

JIM PETERS: There's a sense of renewal at LaPorte

Last season, when LaPorte went through the tragedy of losing player Jake West, the phrase, "Count on Me," became a Slicers' team motto.

August 28, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Hobart's Ahner a triathlon veteran at the age of 15

Hobart's Ahner a triathlon veteran at the age of 15

Whether she's running, swimming or biking, Marina Ahner prefers to go the extra distance.

August 27, 2014 6:45 pm
Joel O'Shea, Wheeler cross country

Joel O'Shea, Wheeler cross country

Wheeler's Joel O'Shea crosses the finish line first in Tuesday's Jack Bransford Classic at Kesling Park in LaPorte. The Bearcats junior won in a time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds.

August 26, 2014 11:18 pm
Kailee Schoof, LaPorte cross country

Kailee Schoof, LaPorte cross country

LaPorte's Kailee Schoof leads Tuesday's Jack Bransford Classic at Kesling Park. The Slicers' junior won the race in 20 minutes, 25 seconds.

August 26, 2014 11:15 pm

Isiah Schultz & Kody Lemley, Lake Station football

Lake Station football players Isiah Schultz and Kody Lemley discuss the upcoming season.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

With five sectional titles in a decade, Portage was the region's benchmark program from the mid 1990s into the early 21st century.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Nathan Cherry, Portage football

Portage's Nathan Cherry talks about what is the biggest game for the Indians.

August 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Scouting area prep football games

Scouting area prep football games

Merrillville at S.B. Clay

August 21, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

After spending all of his adult life in football, Rob Hanson retired following the 2012 season, his 17th as an assistant coach at Valparaiso University.

August 21, 2014 5:00 pm
Joel O'Shea, Wheeler

Joel O'Shea, Wheeler

Wheeler's Joel O'Shea was on the fence at last year's New Prairie Semistate, finishing 23rd, just outside of qualifying for the state finals.

August 21, 2014 3:36 pm
Joel O'Shea, Wheeler

Joel O'Shea, Wheeler

Wheeler junior Joel O'Shea is one of the top runners in the area this year.

August 21, 2014 3:34 pm

JIM PETERS: Williamsport a bucket list item for baseball purists

When Dean Hill went to his first Little League World Series, he was a wide-eyed 9-year-old.

August 14, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Portage to celebrate '94 state runner-up football team

It was 1994, Craig Buzea's first season as Portage's head football coach.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

There are days when Julie Schroeder would like to keep the drapes closed, curl up on the couch and just be alone with her pain.

August 07, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Julie Schroeder and Bob Schellinger

Julie Schroeder and Bob Schellinger

Julie Schroeder stands with LaPorte coach Bob Schellinger at the 26-yard line of Kiwanis Field, which was painted orange to honor the memory of her son, Jake West, who died of a genetic heart ailment after collapsing at practice last season. Schroeder spearheads the Play for Jake Foundation,…

August 07, 2014 3:10 pm
Julie Schroeder and Bob Schellinger

Julie Schroeder and Bob Schellinger

Julie Schroeder stands with LaPorte coach Bob Schellinger at the 26-yard line of Kiwanis Field, which was painted orange to honor the memory of her son, Jake West, who died of a genetic heart ailment after collapsing at practice last season. Schroeder spearheads the Play for Jake Foundation,…

August 07, 2014 3:08 pm

JIM PETERS: 10 things to watch for with prep football around the corner

It's here. Well, almost.

July 31, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Time constraints will put a premium on football practice efficiency

So much to do, so little time.

July 30, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Little League baseball still holding its own

When travel baseball began to proliferate in the region several years, it appeared to be a death knell to Little League.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Brain Sentry sensors aid in concussion diagnosis

Kyle Bishop readily admits it.

July 17, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

At nine months, Samantha Yaros attended her first high school football game, 'watching' her brother Steven play for Valparaiso.

July 16, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: U.S. soccer progressing, but not going to change overnight

It seems I've been reading or writing about how the interest level in soccer is rising and ready to take off in the United States since the days I still used a comb.

July 10, 2014 5:00 pm
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