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With five sectional titles in a decade, Portage was the region's benchmark program from the mid 1990s into the early 21st century.
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.
When Dean Hill went to his first Little League World Series, he was a wide-eyed 9-year-old.
It was 1994, Craig Buzea's first season as Portage's head football coach.
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.
It's here. Well, almost.
So much to do, so little time.
When travel baseball began to proliferate in the region several years, it appeared to be a death knell to Little League.
Kyle Bishop readily admits it.
At nine months, Samantha Yaros attended her first high school football game, 'watching' her brother Steven play for Valparaiso.
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.
As we celebrate the United States' independence today, Duneland Athletic Conference cross country teams will soon be reveling in their freedom from dual meets, a victory in a battle that dates back almost to its inception in 1970.
Golf is an important part of Alyssa Harvey's life – she's been playing since was 3 – but it's not the center of the Crown Point senior's existence.
There was a time when being a Division I recruit made a player a shoe-in to make our first-team list of all-area players.
Wrestling and fishing. Six minutes on a mat or six hours in a boat.
After Tori Bliss uncorked a couple big throws early in the season, the Portage graduate got in touch with her mom and told her to book a flight for Eugene, Ore., in June.
You don't just replace a cross country coach with the prolonged success that Mike Prow maintained over 24 years.
The spotlight was something Rhonda Walker never sought in her 15 years as Hebron Athletic Director.
Minutes after Monday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional final ended, a box of T-shirts proclaiming Hobart as champions was brought onto the field.
It's the best of times and the worst of times.
Warm weather seems to have finally arrived, just in time for the baseball postseason.
College in and of itself is difficult, let alone juggling academics and athletics.
When Emilier DeJesus moved to Chesterton from Puerto Rico in sixth grade, he still wasn't too far from a beach. He just didn't think there would be any more serious volleyball in his future.
Autism is a mysterious disorder, symbolized by pieces of a puzzle.
As Kelly Komara looked out the window of a West Lafayette hotel room Monday night, she took a deep breath and soaked in the moment.
It hasn't been quite a year since Matt Holba pulled up his Chesterton roots and moved with his family to central Indiana. It just doesn't seem that way.
Motivational speakers tell us that people fall into one of two categories. There are those who are settlers and there are those who are reachers.
When Robbie Hummel started his first NBA season with Minnesota back on Oct. 30, he was known largely as a 3-point shooter.
When George Mallory climbed Mount Everest in 1924, he was asked why he did it.
If you're a region wrestling fan and you think you've seen a lot of the same faces officiating matches, you're right.
It doesn't matter how many times Mike Sakich attends the Masters, how often he drives down Magnolia Lane.
Before we formally tuck away the 2013-14 boys basketball season and put it to bed with our all-area and 'of the year' honors Sunday, let's take a quick peek at what might be in store for the '14-'15 campaign.
INDIANAPOLIS | Over the course of the season, Ryan Fazekas willingly shared the spotlight with his Marquette Catholic teammates, bringing a modest 13.4 points per game scoring average into the Class A state championship.
They come from spots on the map in northern Indiana, a four-county area that includes Lake Station, Chesterton, LaPorte, Nappanee and, of course, Michigan City.
In four years as an assistant baseball coach at Lake Station, Ray Dix made quite an impression.
LAFAYETTE | His line in the box score read 0 for 2 from the field for 0 points with two assists in 17 minutes, 53 seconds.
"I not only use the brains I have, but all the brains I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson
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.
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