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It all began for LaPorte's senior class over eight years ago.
Decades ago, when Frank Fetters wrestled for what was then Thornton Fractional High School, his uncle John Etienne regaled him with tales of his own days on the mat back in the 1920s and 30s.
VALPARAISO | It's not easy losing 19.4 points per game.
You can't win 'em all if you don't win the first one.
HOBART | It started as a friendly hallway wager between students.
Every now and then, one of Keith Davison's sons will pull their dad's heavily-adorned Chesterton letterman's jacket out of the closet, put it on and post pictures of themselves on Twitter.
Prep wrestling in the region has a multitude of family lineages whose roots run deep in the sport.
Senior night is a special occasion for athletes, an opportunity to commemorate their playing careers.
When the email from Indiana High School Athletic Association Assistant Commissioner Robert Faulkens arrived in Jim Wadkins' inbox before last week's sectional, the contents came as a surprise to Calumet's wrestling coach.
Most of the time, when we write profiles on prep athletes, we can bring you a quick glimpse of them in their sporting realm, the constraints of time and space precluding us from delving deeper.
Baseball is a game of numbers and for Shane Prance, age is just another statistic.
With temperatures in single digits and wind chills below zero, simply being outside can be an unpleasant experience.
With well-stocked cupboards and refrigerators, most of us don't know what real hunger is.
It's mid-January. If you're not a hard-core workout warrior, chances are the buzz of your New Year's resolution to get in better shape is already waning.
Talk about your short work weeks.
When Tom Wells took the LaPorte boys basketball coaching job in 2002, it figured to be a career-defining move.
HAMMOND |When Matt Crawford took over at Kouts, he knew what he was getting into.
The Times sports department will publish its lists for stories of the year Sunday before the calendar turns.
Cool is the new rule with LaPorte girls basketball.
We're not too far into the boys basketball season and some of the conference races haven't even tipped off, but there have been enough games played already to glean a few observations on what's happened and what might happen as we march through winter.
Most of us know Marvin Rea as the boys basketball coach at Bowman Academy, sometimes forgetting that he wears another hat, that of athletic director.
VALPARAISO | Press conferences to announce new coaches are standard fare.
Christmas is less than three weeks away. How's your holiday shopping going?
Indiana's first high school football state finals organized into six classes and using success factor kick off this morning at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and if you didn't know better, you might not even notice a difference.
TIPTON | Apparently, Rensselaer's going to have to keep pounding on the semistate door before the Bombers can knock it down.
You'll find his name on Rensselaer's football roster. He's listed as No. 3, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior running back-defensive back.
As bus rides go, there are no short trips in the Hoosier Conference for Rensselaer, ranging from a 45-minute hike to Twin Lakes to a two-hour trek to Tipton.
RENSSELAER | There's no truth to the rumor that Bremen's massive offensive line had to stop at a weigh station on the way to Emory Harrison Field for Friday's Class 2A Regional.
On the football field, success is measured by yards and points kept track of on scoreboards by people like Steve Roberts.
EAST CHICAGO | After Dalton Souders blocked not one, but two punts on the same play in Rensselaer's game against Lafayette Central Catholic on Oct. 11, the feat gained national acclaim that's yet to fade.
After all these years of trekking to Terre Haute for the state cross country meet, you'd think I'd know the trip like the back of my hand.
Student-athletes often find that the field of competition is an extension of the classroom.
Back in 1974, when Jere Kunkel and Jim Martz climbed out of the Trumble Field stands to fill in as the chain crew at a Portage football game, they never imagined it would become a full-time gig.
It was 1945. World War II had recently ended. The Cubs were in the World Series, and 13-year-old John Stiles was at Wrigley Field with his dad for Games 4 and 5 against the Detroit Tigers.
You find out who your true friends are when you need them the most.
When the Boone Grove football program was born in 2009, an enthusiastic group of men, most with little or no background in the sport, was chosen to comprise the coaching staff.
When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.
Until Ian Suttles opened his first letter from his elementary school pen pal, the Valparaiso junior had no idea what impact he had on children as a member of the high school football team.
On a shelf in John Palyok's West Los Angeles home sits an old Gatorade bottle filled with dirt.
More than any other sport, football is about preparation.
I'm going to a wake today.
Situated roughly halfway between Northwest Indiana and Lafayette, Rensselaer doesn't draw great attention from either media market.
I met John Kappes more than two decades ago.
A bum knee won't let Roger Vukobratovich toe the start line for the second annual John Willems Memorial Run, but the proverbial wild horses couldn't keep the former Hanover Central wrestler away from Cedar Lake on Sept. 14.
The road to a sectional title has become one game shorter for teams in Class 5A and the newly-minted 6A, but the path of least resistance in the region may actually be in 2A.
It starts tonight.
Each fall, over 100 schools from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois descend upon New Carlisle for the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational.
For somebody who never ran distance in high school or college, Rudy Skorupa sure developed an affinity for cross country.
Words can hurt. They don't leave marks, but they can do emotional harm.
When Al Hanaway heard that a home run derby would be a part of Hebron's inaugural Fan Fest, the former Hawks baseball player went out to do a little shopping.
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