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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.
INDIANAPOLIS | The outcome, for the third year in a row, wasn't what the North All-Stars were hoping for, but in the grand scheme, it doesn't matter all that much.
Winning is an attitude. So is losing.
When Cody Zeller chose to attend Indiana a few years ago, it provided the jolt of credibility that basketball coach Tom Crean needed, the 'get' that convinced other recruits that the Hoosiers were to be taken seriously once again.
Over the last 16 years, Candy Wilson built Boone Grove into one of the top girls basketball programs in the area.
In an age when prep athletes are playing less and specializing more, Dean Hill went against the flow.
Some people run. Some bike. Some swim.
It was the glory days of Portage High School softball, an 11-year stretch in which the Indians won seven sectionals, five regionals, two semistates and one state title.
When Haley Hodges popped her first career home run in her first varsity game as a Portage freshman, her dad Jay was on a golf course.
Think of Panama and you think of a canal, a hat and a Van Halen song.
It's been a long, often bumpy ride for Tim Pirowski.
Ask a Porter County Conference athlete or coach about Hanover Central's departure and many of them will give you the same answer.
As football coaches go, LaPorte's Bob Schellinger is a natural grass kind of guy.
Call Derek Budka a techno-geek and he'll smile, shake your hand and say thank you.
I didn't grow up in Valparaiso, so I'm not familiar with Dale Gott.
Being in a wheelchair has never gotten in the way of Jared Arambula of being an athlete.
If Jackie Robinson were alive today, would the trailblazer for African-Americans in professional baseball be pleased with what he sees?
For Zack Novak, playing professional basketball in the Netherlands probably isn't a stepping stone to bigger things in hoops.
If Joe Arredondo and Wayne Svetanoff didn't already know how popular their prep sports programs on Lakeshore Public Television were, all the co-hosts of the Prep Football Report, Prep Football Scoreboard and Prep Sports Report had to do was go on vacation.
When Joe Troop committed recently to play football at the University of Indianapolis, the Chesterton burner didn't realize he was going to be part of a region rush to the capital city.
Poor perimeter shooting. Marginal effort. Suspect defense.
The forecast for next week in Tennessee is sunny with temperatures in the 50s.
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