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As the temperatures drop, the leaves fall and most sports begin to head indoors, Portage baseball coach Tim Pirowski has an important message for kids.
Good things have been happening this season for Chesterton's defense, and Jordan Dilosa is usually in the vicinity.
NEW CARLISLE | Region cross country teams have played musical chairs all season, knowing someone's going to be left without a seat at the upcoming semistate.
CHESTERTON | The red zone defense came up golden for Chesterton on Friday.
It is not supposed to be this easy.
Valparaiso was struggling to move the ball, as it has been prone to do this season, last Friday against Portage when Bryce Crook settled back to receive a punt late in the first quarter.
For three straight years from 2009 to 2011, Wheeler and Rensselaer met in the Class 2A sectional, doing so twice with a title on the line.
The average fan may not notice Highland's Matt Foundos. His statistics don't jump off the sheet. The senior outside linebacker is just a guy who makes his presence felt.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | First the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, now the sectional.
CROWN POINT | If Morgan Kral doesn't play another home game, Friday's performance will make a fine grand finale.
When they're running, there isn't much difference among Hebron's closely-bunched sophomore trio of Scott Crawley, Joe MacNeill and Parker Nuest.
Football runs fathoms deep in the Klimczak family.
PORTER TOWNSHIP | You can excuse Kyleigh Werner for being teary-eyed after becoming only the third runner in Porter County Conference Championship history to capture three titles.
LIBERTY TWP. | "Every Viking Counts" has been a theme for the Valparaiso boys cross country team this season, and they applied it at Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference Championship at a chilly Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
When Wheeler lost tailback Jake Wasz to a bruised knee against Whiting three weeks ago, the offense wasn't the same.
Less than two months ago, Rachel Metzger's only experience in a race over a mile long was a track meet last spring when she competed in the 3,200-meter run.
ST. JOHN | At some point in the future, when folks are recalling the old days of Lake Central's Burial Grounds, Jill Doan will be the answer to a good trivia question.
Early in the season, when Boone Grove coach Tony Tinkel had more questions than answers about his team, one of his few sure things was junior running back Evan Stewart.
When Rensselaer dropped 60 points on Kankakee Valley in the season opener, a passing glance may have quickly written off the Kougars.
CULVER | With five of the top 10 Indiana boys teams in Indiana plus powers from Illinois and Ohio, the elite race in Saturday's massive Culver Academies Invitational was its usual measuring stick for area programs.
CHESTERTON | The big play made a triumphant return to the Chesterton offense Friday.
It's easier to follow than to lead.
Some players go through their careers never getting their name called during a game on Friday night.
NEW CARLISLE | It's been a hectic week for Kyleigh Werner, what with preparations for homecoming at South Central, where she was named queen Friday, three cross country meets, a powder puff football game and, oh yeah, the golf sectional.
VALPARAISO | A late Valparaiso touchdown knocked the cherry off the sundae for Chesterton's defense, but the outcome was only a tad less sweet for the Trojans on Friday.
It's been more than 30 years since Tim Adams ran for New Prairie, but some things don't fade with time.
LAPORTE | On a night when Chesterton gave up 259 yards rushing to Charles Salary, its defense still stood tall in the end.
CHESTERTON | The pitch option returned to Chesterton's offense Saturday, and Michigan City's offense had no answer for it.
CHESTERTON | It's going to be a busy Saturday for Nate Needham.
MUNSTER | No Seth, no problem.
CHESTERTON | Faced with short fields time after time Friday against South Bend St. Joseph, Chesterton's defense responded repeatedly Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS | Only one player, Lafayette Central Catholic's Austin Munn in 2012, had turned the quarterback-winning pitcher state championship double play in Indiana high school history prior to Saturday.
As a freshman at Portage, Ashley Sosbe's best discus throw was 94 feet.
MERRILLVILLE | When Adler Hazlett was 4 or 5, he began following Robbie Hummel's career at Purdue. A few years later, the Valparaiso boy had the Boilermakers' roster memorized.
KOKOMO | The first inning told the story of Saturday's Class A Northern Semistate and it wasn't a happy ending for Washington Township at Highland Park.
KOKOMO | Standing 6-foot-4 with a fastball in the mid 80s and an off-the-table curve ball, Rockville's Dalton Laney has a bright future.
Back in 1990, Valparaiso took a chance on a middle school coach from rival Portage, naming Mike Prow its boys cross country coach.
Senator Park has been a home away from home for Jake Goodan his entire baseball life.
After two years of double duty, Dave Coyle is cutting back.
About a month ago, Marlon Williams was a nomad on the Chesterton boys track team, a runner without a home bouncing from event to event.
LOGANSPORT | With five local juniors, a sixth who used to play in Northwest Indiana and Lake Central's Tyler Wideman, Monday's Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star Game at the Berry Bowl had a distinctive region flavor.
FULTON | Saturday's Class A Caston Regional title came about 12 months later than expected for Washington Township.
FULTON | When it rains it pours.
In an event where progress is typically measured in inches, Luke Cota's shot putting improvement this season has been measured in larger increments.
The last time RJ and JT Snyder shared the same baseball field, the bat wasn't much shorter than 3-year-old RJ, who was allowed to play up with his 6-year-old brother on a Hanna Little League T-Ball team, coached by their dad, Eric.
Baseball is a game defined by countless statistics.
CULVER | This might have been as good of a performance by someone named Noah since that old guy who built the ark before the big flood.
Class 4A Chesterton Sectional championship: Hobart 3, Portage 2
CHESTERTON | His lightning arm has been the talk of region baseball.
WESTVILLE | It was a game Kouts' Max Everaert has probably envisioned since mid-April last year, when he incurred a 12-month athletic suspension.
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