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JIM PETERS: Chesterton trio of teachers to run across Indiana for colleague Dan Paff

When George Mallory climbed Mount Everest in 1924, he was asked why he did it.

April 17, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Region wrestling in dire need of officials

If you're a region wrestling fan and you think you've seen a lot of the same faces officiating matches, you're right.

April 10, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: The Masters -- a tradition unlike any other

JIM PETERS: The Masters -- a tradition unlike any other

It doesn't matter how many times Mike Sakich attends the Masters, how often he drives down Magnolia Lane.

April 09, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: The start of big things at Marquette?

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.

April 03, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Fazekas shines the brightest on the biggest stage

JIM PETERS: Fazekas shines the brightest on the biggest stage

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.

March 29, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: The pieces of the puzzle come together for Marquette

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.

March 27, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Popular assistant coach Dix let go at Lake Station

In four years as an assistant baseball coach at Lake Station, Ray Dix made quite an impression.

March 26, 2014 5:30 pm
JIM PETERS: It took an L.C. village to slow Homestead's Swanigan

JIM PETERS: It took an L.C. village to slow Homestead's Swanigan

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.

March 22, 2014 6:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Marquette's Garletts leans on his voices of experience

"I not only use the brains I have, but all the brains I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson

March 20, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: LaPorte seniors have enjoyed the journey

It all began for LaPorte's senior class over eight years ago.

March 13, 2014 5:30 pm

JIM PETERS: An Olympic wrestling mystery, over 80 years later

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.

March 12, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys embracing new identity

JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys embracing new identity

VALPARAISO | It's not easy losing 19.4 points per game.

March 06, 2014 7:30 pm
JIM PETERS: Reitz on track to join ranks of Griffith's wrestling greats

JIM PETERS: Reitz on track to join ranks of Griffith's wrestling greats

You can't win 'em all if you don't win the first one.

February 27, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

HOBART | It started as a friendly hallway wager between students.

February 26, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: State titles remain special to Chesterton's Davison, 25 years later

JIM PETERS: State titles remain special to Chesterton's Davison, 25 years later

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.

February 20, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Fowlers snare Calumet wrestling record

JIM PETERS: Fowlers snare Calumet wrestling record

Prep wrestling in the region has a multitude of family lineages whose roots run deep in the sport.

February 13, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: South Central's Tucker gets her senior moment

JIM PETERS: South Central's Tucker gets her senior moment

Senior night is a special occasion for athletes, an opportunity to commemorate their playing careers.

February 12, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: The wrestling show must go on, weather or not

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.

February 06, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: The line between childhood and adulthood isn't black and white

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.

January 30, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Age is just a number to PNC's new baseball coach

JIM PETERS: Age is just a number to PNC's new baseball coach

Baseball is a game of numbers and for Shane Prance, age is just another statistic.

January 29, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Special Olympics Polar Plunge is freezin' for a good reason

With temperatures in single digits and wind chills below zero, simply being outside can be an unpleasant experience.

January 23, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Hebron High School helping fill empty bowls

JIM PETERS: Hebron High School helping fill empty bowls

With well-stocked cupboards and refrigerators, most of us don't know what real hunger is.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Wayne finds a home for his fitness passion

JIM PETERS: Wayne finds a home for his fitness passion

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.

January 15, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Basketball coaches, teams adjust to weather-shortened week

Talk about your short work weeks.

January 09, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: LaPorte enjoying a boys basketball revival

JIM PETERS: LaPorte enjoying a boys basketball revival

When Tom Wells took the LaPorte boys basketball coaching job in 2002, it figured to be a career-defining move.

January 02, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Crawford in for long haul at Kouts

JIM PETERS: Crawford in for long haul at Kouts

HAMMOND |When Matt Crawford took over at Kouts, he knew what he was getting into.

January 01, 2014 9:30 pm

JIM PETERS: The prep year in review from a different view

The Times sports department will publish its lists for stories of the year Sunday before the calendar turns.

December 26, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Cool is the new rule for LaPorte girls basketball

Cool is the new rule with LaPorte girls basketball.

December 19, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: As expected, it's Bowman, L.C. and plenty of boys hoops parity

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.

December 18, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: More local Bowman basketball games is good for everybody

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.

December 12, 2013 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: VU gets the right fit with football hiring of Cecchini

JIM PETERS: VU gets the right fit with football hiring of Cecchini

VALPARAISO | Press conferences to announce new coaches are standard fare.

December 11, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Bowman students giving less-fortunate kids a Merry Christmas

Christmas is less than three weeks away. How's your holiday shopping going?

December 06, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: What's changed for these state championships? Not much, maybe

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.

November 28, 2013 1:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Rensselaer's Meeks looking for go-to players to take the next step

JIM PETERS: Rensselaer's Meeks looking for go-to players to take the next step

TIPTON | Apparently, Rensselaer's going to have to keep pounding on the semistate door before the Bombers can knock it down.

November 22, 2013 10:00 pm Related
JIM PETERS: Prude is a source of inspiration to Rensselaer football team

JIM PETERS: Prude is a source of inspiration to Rensselaer football team

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.

November 21, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hoosier Conference is a football powerhouse

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.

November 20, 2013 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Bombers defense runs circles around big Bremen line

JIM PETERS: Bombers defense runs circles around big Bremen line

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.

November 15, 2013 9:45 pm
JIM PETERS: Rensselaer football team rallying around Roberts

JIM PETERS: Rensselaer football team rallying around Roberts

On the football field, success is measured by yards and points kept track of on scoreboards by people like Steve Roberts.

November 14, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Souders, Rensselaer defense sustaining acclaim

JIM PETERS: Souders, Rensselaer defense sustaining acclaim

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.

November 08, 2013 9:45 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Region has slipped a rung on cross country ladder

JIM PETERS: Region has slipped a rung on cross country ladder

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.

November 07, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: After injury, Boone grad Spangenberg back in the net for Missouri State

JIM PETERS: After injury, Boone grad Spangenberg back in the net for Missouri State

Student-athletes often find that the field of competition is an extension of the classroom.

November 06, 2013 5:00 pm
After 40 years, Kunkel, Martz dropping the chains

After 40 years, Kunkel, Martz dropping the chains

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.

October 24, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: World Series trip an annual rite for Stiles

JIM PETERS: World Series trip an annual rite for Stiles

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.

October 23, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Portage community rallies to Jeff Metz's cause

JIM PETERS: Portage community rallies to Jeff Metz's cause

You find out who your true friends are when you need them the most.

October 17, 2013 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Inexperience doesn't hinder Boone Grove football coaches

JIM PETERS: Inexperience doesn't hinder Boone Grove football coaches

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.

October 10, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hall-of-famer Edmonds remains active in track and field at 84

When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.

October 09, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Pen Pal program puts Valpo High football players in touch with kids

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.

October 03, 2013 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Hobart football roots still impact Palyok

JIM PETERS: Hobart football roots still impact Palyok

On a shelf in John Palyok's West Los Angeles home sits an old Gatorade bottle filled with dirt.

October 02, 2013 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: There is no coaching manual for tragedy

JIM PETERS: There is no coaching manual for tragedy

More than any other sport, football is about preparation.

September 26, 2013 7:15 pm

JIM PETERS: 'Don't do drugs' is more than just words

I'm going to a wake today.

September 24, 2013 5:00 pm
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