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Chesterton freshman Wesley Slaughter started the sport when he was 8 years old.
Chesterton freshman swimmer Wesley Slaughter prefers the freestyle sprint events.
South Central freshman Cameron Klimczak began swimming when she was 4.
Chesterton's Aaron Whitaker, Blake Pieroni and Jack Wallar left no mystery about their college choices Tuesday night.
Chesterton swimmers Jack Wallar, left, Aaron Whitaker, middle, and Blake Pieroni each made their college commitments Tuesday. Wallar and Pieroni chose Indiana, while Whitaker is going to Michigan. Trojans coach Kevin Kinel, back, was also in attendance for the event.
Chesterton swimmers Jack Wallar, left, Aaron Whitaker, middle, and Blake Pieroni each committed to colleges Tuesday. Wallar and Pieroni chose Indiana, while Whitaker picked Michigan. Trojans coach Kevin Kinel stood behind the trio.
Chesterton's boys soccer program made it to the state championship game in 2007, but the achievements of this year's squad might be just as impressive.
The girls state championship season had a local flair from beginning to end.
Eight months ago, local golf coaches such as Crown Point's Jon Haas were hardly pleased with the new postseason tournament format.
The Chesterton junior first baseman is the leadoff hitter for the squad this season.
The starting rotation for Valparaiso's boys golf team mainly originates from a list of six seniors, and none of them seem to be taking off their final season of prep golf.
Kelly Dickensheets is coaching the state's top-ranked volleyball program for the first time in her extensive career, a position that seemed impossible a year ago.
Chesterton's LouAnn Hopson, like most area coaches this spring, was concerned how the colder preseason temperatures would affect her softball club.
Chesterton junior Sydney Cooley has moved from the outfield to third base this season. She also pitches for the Trojans, going 4-1 last year with a 1.54 ERA.
Chesterton junior Sydney Cooley had a .620 slugging percentage last season, earning her All-Duneland Athletic Conference honors.
Friday's Valparaiso Regional is little more than a warmup for the gymnastics state finals.
Less than a month after predicting Chesterton would win the program's third boys swimming state title, I don't mind jumping ahead of myself again.
Paige Aguilera's competitive basketball career is quickly nearing its end, while her collegiate athletic endeavor is in its infancy stage.
The state swimming and diving finals are almost a month away, but I don't think it's too early to make a prediction.
South Central's girls basketball team appears to be in position for the program's first Porter County Conference Tournament crown.
South Central freshman Riley Popplewell has had double-figure points or rebounds in nine of 10 games this season.
South Central freshman forward Riley Popplewell is the team's leading scorer (14.2) and rebounder (12.6).
Debates about sports rankings can bring some of the most volatile discussions. College football's Bowl Championship Series has normally been a hot-button topic for fans. At the local level, I've received my fair share of questions about the prep polls I help produce.
This year has been very trying for Westville eighth-grader Jimmy Coros and his family.
The fall national signing day was two weeks ago, but I feel Paige Kraushaar's commitment is worth a well-deserved second look.
Matt Bush doesn't mince words. He's a confident guy who's sure of his abilities as a basketball coach.
The 2012 area prep soccer season is over, and I believe its premature conclusion can be viewed as a disappointing ending.
A few minutes after winning the Class 2A Valparaiso Sectional title, the host Vikings boys soccer team posed for a photo.
Sophomore Shannon Eden plays soccer, basketball and softball at Wheeler.
Kelly Grassel made history Saturday afternoon at the IHSAA girls golf state finals, but that moment has hardly consumed the Chesterton senior.
Valparaiso's No. 1 doubles team of Jared Folke, left, and Peter Williams is 8-3 this season. They played their first match together midseason at the Concord Tournament.
Boone Grove sophomore Austin Aguilera has 15 goals and seven assists for the Wolves this season.
Chesterton junior Taryn Trusty will be playing in her first IHSAA state finals Friday at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.
Beechwood Golf Course isn't the site for Saturday's girls golf regional, a fact that is up for debate with some local coaches.
Washington Township senior Nick Moskwa had four goals against Morgan Township and a hat trick against Gavit.
Washington Township senior midfielder Nick Moskwa is just the third Senators player to make the All-Porter County Conference team. He earned the honor last season.
I guess I'm pretty fortunate, playing a high school sport with just one head coach.
Wheeler senior Ben Nettels has played midfield for most of his soccer career. This season, he's playing a hybrid position at center midfield/forward.
Wheeler senior Ben Nettels recorded his first prep hat trick in a 5-2 win over Kouts.
Boone Grove goalie Rachel Gerhardt has allowed just two goals and posted one shutout so far this season. She also added two goals in 10-0 win over Bishop Noll.
Boone Grove junior Rachel Gerhardt scored 19 goals, but she's playing her more natural position, goalie, this season,
Valparaiso boys soccer coach Danny Jeftich is understandably busy during his prep season, but he and his team have still found time for a local volunteer project.
Randy Drummond bought lottery tickets last weekend, and I don't blame him for trying to extend his good fortune.
"That was it, no more of them."
Colts punter Pat McAfee, left, and starting left guard Joe Reitz sign autographs Wednesday afternoon at the Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest in LaPorte.
Three area seniors were part of the local contingent who didn't qualify for Wednesday's championship round of state boys golf finals, but I wouldn't call their final prep rounds were a total negative experience.
Chesterton's postseason softball victories against Lake Central and Crown Point caught me off guard, since the Trojans were 0-4 in the regular season against their Duneland Athletic Conference foes.
Cali Young is a four-year varsity player for South Central. Over her last four games, she's 11-for-14 with a double, home run, six RBIs and thre runs scored.
Wheeler tennis assistants Bob Barthold, left, and Gary Dixon have more than 60 years of combined coaching experience.
Tuesday's results from a Duneland Athletic Conference boys golf match at Palmira left me shaking my head.
Wheeler tennis coach Mike Rosta has lately learned that assistants Gary Dixon and Bob Barthold won't just volunteer their free time for court activities.
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