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Soft-spoken and understated about his swimming practice demeanor, Valparaiso sophomore Isaiah Parrish still gains attention from his teammates.
Gary Kostbade was in attendance when Chesterton won its initial boys swimming state title in 2008, and he watched the Trojans win titles in 2009 and last winter on line.
A few years ago, Cara Kroeger met three-time United States Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger at a local event, and the discussion turned to the water.
College-decision ceremonies are nothing new for Kevin Kinel, but Tuesday's event stood out in the mind of the veteran Chesterton swimming coach.
UNION TWP. | Washington Township boys soccer coach Joe Nugent had mixed emotions Wednesday.
PORTAGE | Valparaiso coach Tim Shideler hoped his players could exploit some Penn mistakes Tuesday afternoon, but those opportunities were few and far between.
A rough start to the season served Noah Klumpe well.
PORTAGE | Thursday's foreboding skies were the backdrop as Valparaiso No. 3 singles player Derek Wappel tried to serve out his match.
PORTAGE | Jack Hibbard's team had already been eliminated before he finished his first set at No. 1 singles Wednesday, but the Wheeler junior found a way to extend his season.
A great deal of Jack Hibbard's offseason tennis regimen was lost to a labrum tear in his right shoulder, but the Wheeler No. 1 singles player never thought his junior season would be in jeopardy.
Tennis wasn't Peter Williams' first sport, but it's his No. 1 love now.
Portage first-year tennis coach Scott Garrison figured senior John Fannin could handle the pressure-packed rigors of No. 1 singles.
Prep tennis is new for Johny Mario, but the Chesterton freshman No. 1 singles player is no stranger to the court.
Scott Garrison loves coaching tennis, but he hasn't always enjoyed the long drives to and from practice.
CHESTERTON | Bobby Jacobs didn't win the Northern Amateur, but the recent Valparaiso grad picked up some valuable pointers.
CHESTERTON | Jeff Ryan said a lot of the competition was old enough to be his own children, but that didn't stop the 45-year-old golfer from hanging with the field at the 38th annual Northern Amateur.
Early-morning feedings for her youngest child and nail-biting finishes to softball games have been the recent norm for Portage softball coach Lisa Hayes.
Amidst the celebratory hugs, shouts and tears after the Class 4A softball state championship win, Portage pitcher Kiley Jones received a heartfelt phone call from her aunt.
Valparaiso's Andrew Gariup blinked one hole before completing his first even-par, 18-hole round in a high school competition.
Jade McKnight doubles the state finals appearances of twin sister Jalise, but the Portage long jumper remains envious of her sibling center fielder.
Portage's Stephanie Upton moved from catcher to first base last season, and she stopped playing both soccer and basketball this year to focus solely on softball.
Alex Pancek envisions becoming a golf superintendent some day, but now the Valparaiso senior's focus is on the prep game.
VALPARAISO | Bobby Jacobs is known for his stoic presence on the course, but Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger noticed his senior golfer cracking a few more smiles Friday morning.
Poor chips shots, wayward drives and three-putts on the green seemed like minor issues to Portage senior golfer Nick Lewis in mid-March.
Emily Kolb is definitely thankful her mom Amy is a physical therapist, especially after the Kouts junior tore the ACL in her left knee two winters ago.
Trey Biggs' family brought an extra guest to a friend's wedding Saturday night.
UNION MILLS | Three outs away from a 10-run rule loss, Westville tried to extend its season — if just for one more inning.
CHESTERTON | A day after breaking the program's nine-hole record, Valparaiso's boys golf team continued it's white-hot play.
UNION MILLS | A two-foot single with three gratis bases helped put an end to a 12-inning marathon Tuesday that featured its share of bizarre happenings.
An injury to the sacroiliac joint in her pelvis left Kelly Kennedy wondering if she would even make it to the prep tennis court this spring.
PORTAGE | Caitlin Kennedy dropped the opening game of her No. 1 singles set Saturday, but it was hardly an adverse situation for the Valparaiso junior.
Mallory McKee wasn't initially enamored about being a leadoff hitter until she realized the prospects of extra plate appearances.
Rachel Willing remembers sitting in the stands watching her big brother Collin play tennis for Valparaiso.
Maggie Lindeman's mound mannerisms are hardly those of someone who calls herself the "team clown."
Chesterton No. 1 singles player Meg Modesto gave track a whirl when she was in seventh grade.
Tracy Corneil calls Megan Krantz an "expert pitching chart keeper," but the Valparaiso softball coach also knows her junior pitcher/shortstop is more useful in the field.
Valparaiso boys golf coach Wayne Lichtenberger describes senior Kyle Meihofer in geometric terms.
Position switches a day before the opener and a two-week layoff due to inclement weather haven't deterred the senior seasons for either Wheeler's Amber McGinley or Alex Sanchez.
Caitlin Kennedy is enjoying her time at No. 1 singles for Valparaiso, but she also wants twin sister Kelly to return to health.
Kiley Jones has always found time to work on her pitching skills. This past offseason, the Portage sophomore moved her schedule around to brush up at the plate.
Marty Martin's retirement from the steel mills 10 years ago led to the development of his son Brandon's golf game.
College is mapped out for Mackenzie Starcevich, which means the Boone Grove senior's competitive softball career ends this spring.
Always interested in tennis, Mandy Haupt never acted on those feelings until she was a freshman at Portage.
Three varsity sports, school work, an IHSAA Young Ambassador schedule and an internship with Quality Oil: Wheeler senior Drew Heinold has little time to rest his head on a pillow.
Diplomatic roles have been a large part of Margaret Shinn's high school life.
Asked to write an English paper this year about something she loves, Chesterton junior softball player Sydney Cooley didn't scramble for a subject.
Uneven bars is far from Brandi Tuzinski's favorite, but the Chesterton junior gymnast will be competing in that event at today's IHSAA state finals.
Practice sometimes becomes a little much for Morgan Algozine, but a few images give the Valparaiso senior gymnast the boost she needs to finish.
VALPARAISO | A year ago, Valparaiso punctuated a regional crown with a strong finish. Friday, the top-ranked Vikings blazed the competition with a quick start. Led by junior gymnast Morgan Algozine's 9.9 on vault, host Valparaiso led from start to finish en route to its fifth consecutive crown.
Cassidy Feldsien strode to the beam with purpose at last Saturday's Chesterton Sectional.
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