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JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

With five sectional titles in a decade, Portage was the region's benchmark program from the mid 1990s into the early 21st century.

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JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

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.

23 hours ago

JIM PETERS: Williamsport a bucket list item for baseball purists

When Dean Hill went to his first Little League World Series, he was a wide-eyed 9-year-old.

August 14, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Portage to celebrate '94 state runner-up football team

It was 1994, Craig Buzea's first season as Portage's head football coach.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

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.

August 07, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: 10 things to watch for with prep football around the corner

It's here. Well, almost.

July 31, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Time constraints will put a premium on football practice efficiency

So much to do, so little time.

July 30, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Little League baseball still holding its own

When travel baseball began to proliferate in the region several years, it appeared to be a death knell to Little League.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Brain Sentry sensors aid in concussion diagnosis

Kyle Bishop readily admits it.

July 17, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

At nine months, Samantha Yaros attended her first high school football game, 'watching' her brother Steven play for Valparaiso.

July 16, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: U.S. soccer progressing, but not going to change overnight

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.

July 10, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: DAC cross country celebrates independence from dual meets

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.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Crown Point golfer Harvey strikes a balance

JIM PETERS: Crown Point golfer Harvey strikes a balance

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.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Region baseball talent crop continues to grow

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.

June 26, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Wrestlers eyeing the big catch at state high school fishing tournament

JIM PETERS: Wrestlers eyeing the big catch at state high school fishing tournament

Wrestling and fishing. Six minutes on a mat or six hours in a boat.

June 19, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Portage grad Bliss taking it to the next level at LSU

JIM PETERS: Portage grad Bliss taking it to the next level at LSU

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.

June 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Crague seems like a no-brainer for Valpo boys cross country hire

You don't just replace a cross country coach with the prolonged success that Mike Prow maintained over 24 years.

June 12, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hebron's Walker a professional with a personal touch

The spotlight was something Rhonda Walker never sought in her 15 years as Hebron Athletic Director.

June 05, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hobart baseball team backs up the talk

Minutes after Monday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional final ended, a box of T-shirts proclaiming Hobart as champions was brought onto the field.

June 04, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: What do you do when the sports are over?

It's the best of times and the worst of times.

May 29, 2014 5:45 pm

JIM PETERS: It's baseball tourney time; break out the SPF 30

Warm weather seems to have finally arrived, just in time for the baseball postseason.

May 22, 2014 6:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Chesterton grad Houpt plays in five NCAA D-III tourneys at Rose-Hulman

JIM PETERS: Chesterton grad Houpt plays in five NCAA D-III tourneys at Rose-Hulman

College in and of itself is difficult, let alone juggling academics and athletics.

May 21, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys volleyball team reaches semistate in fourth year

JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys volleyball team reaches semistate in fourth year

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.

May 15, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: Washington Township boys track team opens its arms to autistic student

JIM PETERS: Washington Township boys track team opens its arms to autistic student

Autism is a mysterious disorder, symbolized by pieces of a puzzle.

May 08, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Return to Purdue as a coach a dream come true for Komara

JIM PETERS: Return to Purdue as a coach a dream come true for Komara

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.

May 07, 2014 5:30 pm

JIM PETERS: It's been a whirlwind year for former Chesterton basketball player Holba

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.

May 01, 2014 5:30 pm
JIM PETERS: Merrillville's well-rounded Harris receives Cato scholarship

JIM PETERS: Merrillville's well-rounded Harris receives Cato scholarship

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.

April 24, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Hummel finishes first NBA season on a high note

JIM PETERS: Hummel finishes first NBA season on a high note

When Robbie Hummel started his first NBA season with Minnesota back on Oct. 30, he was known largely as a 3-point shooter.

April 23, 2014 5:00 pm

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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